Artwork by Regina Seiden,  Skiers

Regina Seiden

oil on board
recto subject framed to 7 ins x 7 ins; a depiction of a riverside homestead on the reverse (occupying the full size of the support: 8.5 ins x 12.5 ins)
8.5 x 12.5 ins ( 21.6 x 31.8 cms ) ( support )

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

Price Realized $10,200.00
Sale date: June 15th 2022

Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal/Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
“The Beaver Hall Group & The Klinkhoff Family”, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal/Toronto, 2015
“The Beaver Hall Group & The Klinkhoff Family”, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto, 2015, reproduced page 32
Esther Trépannier and Véronique Borboën, “Mode et Apparence dans l’Art Québécois, 1880-1945”, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec, 2012, page 140 for a similar work entitled “Skieuses”
Barbara Meadowcroft, ‘How Many Artists Art There in the Family? The Career of Montreal Painter Regina Seiden (1897-1991)’, “RACAR”, XXV, 1-2, 1998, page 73
Regina Seiden was primarily interested in the human figure, with women occupying an important place in her oeuvre. Seiden depicted women of various ethnic and social backgrounds, and like many Canadian female artists of her generation, she specialized in portraiture. Seiden was well regarded throughout her career. In 1924 the National Gallery of Canada purchased her painting, “Dora”, and later acquired “Nudes” in 1926. Despite a short career of only fifteen years, Seiden was admired by critics and connoisseurs alike, including Albert Laberge of “La Presse”. He “dubbed Seiden ‘l’une des mieux douées parmi les artistes de la métropole’” - “one of the most gifted artists in the metropolis”.

Although Seiden exhibited with the Beaver Hall Group in 1921 and was an early member, she has not always been included in discussions about the women of the group. However, Seiden certainly shared their regard for themes of modernity, exploring social issues and the image of women in art. “Skiers” provides a unique depiction of sport, as well as a rare depiction of women in sport. The diminutive panel expertly represents this important female artist, who will undoubtedly continue to receive recognition.

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Regina Seiden
(1897 - 1991) Canadian

Born in Rigaud, Quebec, she studied in Montreal under Edmond Dyonnet, William Brymner and Maurice Cullen. She studied in France at the Academie Julian and returned to Montreal where she married Eric Goldberg, noted Canadian painter. Her portraits and figure studies have an affinity with the work of Edouard Manet, French Impressionist.

She is represented in the National Gallery of Canada by two portraits and a study of two nude figures, acquired between 1919 and 1926. These canvases are signed Regina Seiden. She also exhibited frequently with the Royal Canadian Academy.

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