Artwork by William Goodridge Roberts,  Hillside Near St. Alphonse
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Lot #2

Goodridge Roberts
Hillside Near St. Alphonse

oil on canvas
signed lower right
20 x 30 ins ( 50.8 x 76.2 cms )

Estimated: $9,000.00$7,000.00 - $9,000.00

Provenance:
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Exhibited:
“Goodridge Roberts: A Retrospective Exhibition”, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1969-70
Literature:
“Goodridge Roberts: A Retrospective Exhibition” [exhibition catalogue], National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1969, reproduced page 81 (plate 39)
Sandra Paikowsky, “Goodridge Roberts: 1904-1974”, Kleinburg, Ontario, 1998, page 93
William Goodridge Roberts worked directly from the Laurentian landscape, returning to the village of St. Alphonse on several occasions. The energetic brushwork of “Hillside Near St. Alphonse” contrasts with its subdued palette of earthy tones. Though he remained prolific throughout this time, Roberts was experiencing a personal discontent, confiding to Jacques de Tonnancour in 1942: “I’ve been turning out quite a few things, but for the most part in a spirit of duty and under an overhanging cloud of uneasiness - which is, I suppose, my consciousness of the awful times we are living in.” War raged in Europe, and world events would soon bear down on the artist’s life. Roberts became an Official War Artist for Canada the following year. Decades later, “Hillside Near St. Alphonse” would be featured in the important 1969 retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Gallery of Canada.
Sale Date: June 15th 2022

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William Goodridge Roberts
(1904 - 1974) Canadian Group of Painters, RCA

Roberts was born in Barbados in 1904 to a prominent Canadian literary family. His father, Theodore, was a poet, novelist, and journalist. Roberts began his studies at Montreal's Ecole des Beaux-Arts but, encouraged by his art-critic aunt, Mary Fanton Roberts, he enrolled at New York's Art Students League. His New York schooling would prove to be a major influence on his career.

During the 1930s, Roberts lived, painted, and taught in Ontario. He was the very first artist-in-residence at Queens University in Kingston. Refusing to incorporate nationalist content into his work, Roberts became recognized for his modernist approach. In the 1940s, Roberts moved to Montreal and continued painting and teaching. He was admired by Quebec's francophone art community who saw in his work a reflection of the modernist figurative tradition from France, known in Montreal as "living art." His works were equally divided into the themes of landscapes, portraits and still lifes; all are textbook examples of each style. The artist's last major retrospective was held at the National Gallery of Canada in 1969. He died in January 1974.