Artwork by William Edwin Atkinson,  Shades of Evening

W.E. Atkinson
Shades of Evening

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1923 lower left; titled and dated on the reverse of the frame
20 x 16 ins ( 50.8 x 40.6 cms )

Auction Estimate: $2,000.00$1,500.00 - $2,000.00

Price Realized $1,560.00
Sale date: March 1st 2022

Private Collection, Ontario
“Art and Identity in The Region of Durham”, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, 30 April-25 October 2009
In 1923, Atkinson lived at 207 Crawford Street in Toronto, but would have drawn on memories of living at Baby Point Road in the Humber Valley in West Toronto (where he had built a home in 1914) to paint images such as “Shades of Evening”.

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William Edwin Atkinson
(1862 - 1926)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, he studied at the Central Ontario School of Art in 1881; The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins where he roomed with Donald McNab and G. A. Reid, 1883-4; the Académie Julian and the Académie Delance, 1889-90. He made a brief contact with Gaugin at Pont Aven in 1890. E. F. B. Johnston found simple beauty and dignity in his pastoral scenes. He won a prize at the Salon d’Apollon in the Louvre, 1891, for landscape. He was a founder-member of the Canadian Art Club in Toronto, 1907, and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy (A.R.C.A.). He is represented in the National Gallery of Canada by two landscapes.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977