Artwork by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté,  Meditation

Marc-Aurèle D.F. Suzor-Coté
Meditation

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1906 lower right; signed and titled on a gallery label
8 x 8 ins ( 20.3 x 20.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $7,000.00$5,000.00 - $7,000.00

Price Realized $3,600.00
Sale date: June 1st 2021

Provenance:
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

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Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
(1869 - 1937) RCA

Suzor-Coté was born in 1869 in the village of Arthabaska, Quebec. Although the young Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté excelled in both musical and artistic pursuits, his love of painting won precedence and he travelled to Paris in 1891 for three years of art studies at the École de beaux-arts. He returned to North America briefly, pursuing commission work, before returning to Europe for an extended period between 1897 and 1907.

By 1906 he had left behind the academic realism of his early work, developing instead a bold impressionistic style. Once back in Canada he found his greatest inspiration in the Canadian landscape itself. He painted landscape in a forceful impressionistic style which was unfamiliar to Canadian audiences of the time.

The multi-talented Suzor-Coté was also easily able to make the shift from painting to working in three dimensions. His bronzes were cast in New York at the Roman Bronze Works, and became sought after by collectors in Canada and the United States. Suzor-Coté won the Jessie Dow prize for best painting at the Art Association of Montreal in 1914 and again in 1925. By 1925, he had made a significant contribution to impressionism in Canada, influencing younger artists to paint the Canadian landscape in a new manner.