Artwork by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté,  Paysage Arthabaska

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
Paysage Arthabaska

oil on board
signed lower left; signed and dated 1920 on the reverse; signed, titled, dated “22 Oct. 1920” and inscribed “Souvenir de votre visite à mon studio” on the original frame backing (included with this artwork)
3.75 x 4.75 ins ( 9.5 x 12.1 cms )

Auction Estimate: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

Price Realized $6,000.00
Sale date: November 22nd 2021

Private Collection, Toronto
Laurier Lacroix, “Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, National Gallery of Canada”, Ottawa, 2002, pages 161-63
After studying in France for seventeen years, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté returned to his hometown of Arthabaska in 1907. He chose to devote his art entirely to the Canadian landscape, telling a journalist from “The Globe” in 1910: “I think an artist must paint his own country.” “Paysage Arthabaska”, completed in 1920, depicts a moody, romantic landscape with a delicate interplay of subtle, carefully blended tones. Suzor-Coté particularly enjoyed studying the variations of light at different times of day, the serenity of which is articulated in this diminutive and intimate landscape.

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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.