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From the Collection of Paul Duval (Online Auction)
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Artwork by Aba Bayefsky, Figural Works
Lot #21
ABA BAYEFSKY
Figural Works

four graphite drawings and book
“Fruit Vendor” (signed and dated 1990 lower right, 5.75 ins x 8 ins)“Shopkeeper” (signed lower right, 7.75 ins x 5.25 ins);
“Woman with Fruit Baskets” (signed and dated 1990 lower left adhered to reverse of matting, 8 ins x 5.75 ins);
“Profile of a Man” (signed and dated 1976 lower right, 8 ins x 5.25 ins);
each unframed (laid down and matted);
sold with a copy of “Aba Bayefsky in Kensington Market” (Paul Duval [introduction] and Ben Lappin (A Memoir),Mosaic Press, Oakville, 1991, signed and dated by the artist on the titlepage)
8 x 5.75 ins ( 20.3 x 14.6 cms ) ( largest sheet )

Estimated: $200.00$150.00 - $200.00

Current bid: $175.00
Next bid is: $200.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Jack Weldon Humphrey, Mexican Market, circa 1938
Lot #22
JACK WELDON HUMPHREY
Mexican Market, circa 1938

brush and ink
signed lower left; signed and titled on the reverse
12.4 x 16.75 ins ( 31.5 x 42.5 cms ) ( sight )

Estimated: $700.00$500.00 - $700.00

Current bid: $400.00
Next bid is: $425.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Rose-Aimee Belanger, The Rock Collector
Lot #23
ROSE-AIMEE BELANGER
The Rock Collector

clay and metal sculpture
signed on the reverse of the chair
20.5 x 7.5 x 10.5 ins ( 52.1 x 19.1 x 26.7 cms ) ( overall )

Estimated: $1,500.00$1,000.00 - $1,500.00

Next bid is: $500.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by John Godfrey, Fish
Lot #24
JOHN GODFREY
Fish

oil on canvas
signed lower left; dated “July 1974” on the reverse; unframed
26 x 22 ins ( 66 x 55.9 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, A Collection of Exhibition Catalogues and Art Gallery Catalogues
Lot #25
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
A Collection of Exhibition Catalogues and Art Gallery Catalogues

twenty-two catalogues
“Fred Ross: Recent Paintings and Drawings” (Galerie Dresdnere, 1973);
“New Images from Canada” (Banfer Gallery, 1963;)
“An Exhibition of Arctic Paintings by Doris McCarthy” (The Robertson Galleries, n.d. (invitation));
“Knowles- Perehudoff” (Waddington Fine Arts, 1969 (invitation));
“Two Artists from Saskatoon: Dorothy Knowles and Otto Rogers” (The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1969);
“Dorothy Knowles: Recent Landscapes” (David Mirvish Gallery, 1965);
“Peter Harris, 1932-1993: A Tribute” (Roberts Gallery, 1995);
“The CIL Collection: On Tour since 1962” (CIL Collection, 1984;)
“A View of One’s Own” (Canadian Women Artists: 1890-1960”- Masters Gallery Ltd., 1994);
“Barry McCarthy: The Inner Atlantic” (The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 1995);
“Karen Kulyk: Two Decades, 1972-1992” (Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 1993);
“Esther Warkov: The Recent Years” (The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1972);
“Esther Warkov” (Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 1970-71);
“Hidden City: A Painted Trilogy by Rudolf Stüssi” (Galerie Rochon, 1995, signed by the artist);
“F.H. Varley: Paintings 1915-1954” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1954);
“Canadian Abstract Exhibition” (Oshawa YWCA, 1952);
“L.L. FitzGerald: 1890-1956, A Memorial Exhibition” (National Gallery of Canada, 1958);
“Contemporary Art from the City’s Collection” (The Market Gallery, 1985);
“The Samuel E. Weir Collection and Library of Art” (Guide to exhibits, 1992);
“The Art Gallery of Hamilton: Seventy- Five Years (1914-1989)” (The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1989 with accompanying exhibition listing and inscribed curator business card);
“The Art Gallery of Hamilton: Exhibitions and Collections” (The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1991);
“Robert Tait McKenzie: Physical Education’s Man of the Century” (James Day, Simon Fraser University, n.d.);
“Canada 101 Edinburgh International Festival” (Edinburgh Festival Society, 1968)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $150.00
Next bid is: $175.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, An Assortment of Twenty-Five Exhibition Catalogues
Lot #26
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
An Assortment of Twenty-Five Exhibition Catalogues

twenty-five catalogues
“Shadbolt” (Laurel Gallery, 1949, inscription from the artist);
“J.E.H. MacDonald, Memorial Exhibition” (Dominion Gallery, n.d., note from Max Stern);
“Centennial Exhibition of Canadian Paintings” (The Board of Education for the City of Toronto, March 1967);
“André Masson” (Galerie Louise Leiris, 1973);
“Maurice Cullen 1866-1934” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1956);
“Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by Mary Heister Reid” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1922);
“Albert H. Robinson, The Painter’s Painter” (Thomas R. Lee, 1956);
“Jock Macdonald” (Roberts Gallery, 1962);
“G. Roberts” (Jacques de Tonnancour, 1944);
“The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Band” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1963);
“Alexandra Luke” (The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, n.d.);
“Château de Ramesay” (The Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montreal, 1944);
“Memorial Exhibition Pegi Nicol MacLeod 1904-1949” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1949);
“Catalogue of Memorial Exhibitions of the Work of Clarence Gagnon, J.W. Beatty” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1942);
“Early Glass Houses of Nova Scotia” (Lorne Pierce, 1958);
“Albert H. Robinson” (The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1955);
“A Century of Canadian Art” (The Tate Gallery, 1939);
“Lawren Harris Paintings 1910-1948” (Art Gallery of Toronto, 1948);
“O’Keefe’s Art Awards 1950” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1950);
“89th Annual Exhibition 1968” (Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1968);
“H.S. Southam Collection” (The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1966);
“Modernist Canadian Prints” (Associated American Artists, 1986);
“Peter Aspell” (La Galerie de Poche, 1988);
“Painters Eleven” (The Park Gallery, 1957);
“Robert Harris 1849-1919” (Confederation Art Gallery and Museum, 1967)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $300.00
Next bid is: $325.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Sixteen Miscellaneous Canadian Art Magazines
Lot #27
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Sixteen Miscellaneous Canadian Art Magazines

magazines
“Here and Now Canadian Art Quarterly Magazine” (Vol.1. No.3., 1949);
“The Educational Record of the Province of Quebec” (Vol. LXXX, No,3., 1954);
“Arts Yearbook 4 Directory” (Directory of Museums and Galleries, n.d.);
photocopy of “The Studio: An Illustrated Magazine of Fine & Applied Art, Vol. 59., No. 245, 1913”;
“The Studio: Special Canadian Issue, April 1945”;
“The Studio: The Fine Arts/ Home Decoration and Design Vol. 114, No. 533, August 1937”;
“1967 Editorial Cartoons Macpherson” (Toronto Star Syndicate, 1967);
“The Beaver” (Hudson’s Bay Company, 1971);
“Canadian Review of Music and Art, Vol. 3, No. 304., 1944) - 2 copies;
“Lamps” (Bertram Brooker, Spring 1938);
“Artscanada: The Eskimo World” (December 1971);
“Artscanada: Modes of representational art” (December 1976);
“Canadian Art Magazine, Vol. XX, No. 2, March/April 1963”;
“Peering Through the Varnish” (Nathan Stolow, reprinted from Canadian Art, Summer 1959);
“Canadian Art Magazine, Vol, XVI., No,2., May 1959”;
“Canadian Art Magazine, Vol, XIX., Vol. 6., December 1962

x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Henri Leopold Masson, Portrait Study
Lot #28
HENRI LEOPOLD MASSON
Portrait Study

ink and wash
signed and inscribed “To Paul Duval, a friend and real critic”; unframed
24.75 x 19 ins ( 62.9 x 48.3 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $75.00
Next bid is: $100.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Jack Nichols, Quiet Rhythm
Lot #29
JACK NICHOLS
Quiet Rhythm

watercolour
signed lower left; titled and dated “Jan 1981” on the reverse; unframed (matted)
8.5 x 6.25 ins ( 21.6 x 15.9 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $250.00$150.00 - $250.00

Next bid is: $50.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by John Godfrey, Daniel
Lot #30
JOHN GODFREY
Daniel

oil on canvas
titled and dated “Feb. 1974” on the reverse; unframed
14 x 12 ins ( 35.6 x 30.5 cms )

Estimated: $200.00$100.00 - $200.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 02:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Paul Duval, Collection of Ten Silver Gelatin Prints and Photographs
Lot #31
PAUL DUVAL
Collection of Ten Silver Gelatin Prints and Photographs


each unframed; condition noted - some creasing/bending present on each (sold “as is” and not subject to return):

“Contact sheet of six photographs of Lawren and Bess Harris” (black and white photograph, overall 8.5 x 6.25 inches);
“Portrait of a Woman” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Gordon Smith, circa 1953” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Lawren and Bess Harris, circa 1953” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Portrait of a Woman Lying on the Sand” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Portrait of a Woman” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“B.C. Binning at the BC Hydro Building, Vancouver” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Portrait of Vincent Price” (silver gelatin print, image size 13.75 x 13.75 inches) - two copies;
sold together with “Portrait of A.J. Casson painting ‘Tank Manoeuvres, Camp Borden, 1943’” (black and white photograph, signed by A.J. Casson on the reverse, 10.25 x 8 inches);
17.75 x 17.75 ins ( 45.1 x 45.1 cms ) ( largest )

Estimated: $600.00$400.00 - $600.00

Current bid: $200.00
Next bid is: $225.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Paul Duval, Collection of Thirteen Silver Gelatin Prints and Photographs
Lot #32
PAUL DUVAL
Collection of Thirteen Silver Gelatin Prints and Photographs

four photographs; nine silver gelatin prints
possibly by Paul Duval and from his personal collection;

each unframed; condition noted - some creasing/bending present on each (sold “as is” and not subject to return):

“Portrait of Gordon Smith” (black and white photograph, 2.25 x 2.25 inches overall);
“Portrait of Vincent Price” (black and white photograph, 3.5 x 3.5 inches overall);
“Portrait of Antoni Tàpies” (silver gelatin print, image size 13.75 x 13.75 inches);
“View from the Studio Building” (silver gelatin print, image size 13.75 x 13.75 inches);
“Portrait of Vincent Price” (silver gelatin print, image size 13.75 x 13.75 inches);
“Children Walking Hand in Hand” (colour photograph, 20 x 20 inches);
“Portrait of a Woman Lying on the Sand” (silver gelatin print, image size `17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Portrait of a Woman” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.5 x 23.25 inches);
“Portrait of Lawren Harris” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Portrait of a Woman in front of a monument” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“Portrait of Vincent Price” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
“B.C. Binning at the BC Hydro Building, Vancouver” (silver gelatin print, image size 17.75 x 17.75 inches);
sold together with “Portrait of A.J. Casson and his daughter, Margaret, in front of ‘Early Snow’” (black and white photograph, inscribed “Early Snow - A.J. Casson, R.C.A., O.S.A., / Winner - Rolph, Clark, Stone Ltd. Award, Best Picture in Show”on the reverse; 8 x 10 inches overall)
20 x 20 ins ( 50.8 x 50.8 cms ) ( largest )

Estimated: $600.00$400.00 - $600.00

Current bid: $200.00
Next bid is: $225.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Fourteen Canadiana Documents, Reference Books and a Map of the Toronto Water Supply System
Lot #33
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Fourteen Canadiana Documents, Reference Books and a Map of the Toronto Water Supply System

various media
“Ontario Architecture” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1963);
“Documents in Canadian Art” (Douglas Fetherling, 1987);
“Art and Philistia: Some Sidelights on Aesthetic Taste in Montreal and Toronto, 1880-1910” (G. Campbell McInnes, 1937);
“Cities of Canada” (The House of Seagram, 1953);
“Plan of Metropolitan Toronto Water Supply System, July 1985”;
“Toronto Illustrated” (Grip Limited, n.d.);
“Reva Books Fotografias” (Instutito Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1970);
“Recording Toronto” (Toronto Public Libraries, 1960);
“Industrial Images” (Rosemary Donegan, 1987);
“From the Shadows: A Portrayal of Toronto in the ‘30s and ‘40s” (City of Toronto Archives, 1985);
“Jesse Ketchum School 150 Years” (Jesse Ketchum Public School, 1982);
“Building Canada: An Architectural History of Canadian Life” (Alan Gowans, 1966);
“Early Photography in Canada” (Ralph Greenhill, 1965);
“William Notman: The Stamp of a Studio” (Stanley G. Triggs, 1985)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $75.00
Next bid is: $100.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Sixteen Antique Books
Lot #34
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Sixteen Antique Books

books
“Women of Canada: Their Life and Work” (National Council of Women in Canada, 1900);
“The Fine Arts in Canada” (Newton MacTavish, 1925);
“Toronto of Old” (Henry Scadding, 1966);
“The Art & Craft of Drawing” (Vernon Blake, 1927; signed by Bertram Brooker and dated “Sept. 27” on the frontispiece);
“Canadian Art its origin & development” (William Colgate, 1943);
“The Year Book of Canadian Art 1913” (The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto 1913”;
“Algonquin Story” (Audrey Sanders, 1963, with accompanying maps all housed in slipcase);
“William Blair Bruce: Letters Home” (Joan Murray, 1982);
“A Canadian Art Movement” (F.B. Housser, 1974);
“Ars Longa” (Newton MacTavish, 1973);
“Breaking Barriers” (Maud Brown, 1964);
“A Study of Tom Thomson” (Blodwen Davies, 1935, signed by the author and signed by Bertram Brooker on inside cover);
“The Yearbook of Canadian Art 1913” (Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, 1913);
“Daffodils in Winter: Pagi Nicol MacLeod 1904-1949” (Joan Murray, 1984);
“Pause A Sketchbook” (Emily Carr, 1953);
“A Catalogue of The Sigmund Samuel Collection: Canadiana and Americana” (Charles W. Jefferys, 1948)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $325.00
Next bid is: $350.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Canadian Artist Reference Books and Periodicals
Lot #35
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Canadian Artist Reference Books and Periodicals

twenty books and periodicals
“Helen McNicoll 1879-1915” (Morris Gallery, 1974);
“David Milne” (Alan Jarvis, 1962);
“Daffodils in Winter: The Life and Letters of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, 1904-1949” (Joan Murray, 1984);
“Emily Carr A Biography” (Maria Tippet, 1979);
“Anne Savage: The Story of a Canadian Painter” (Anne McDougall, 1977);
“A.Y. Jackson: Paintings 1902-1953” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1953);
“J.E.H. MacDonald, R.C.A., 1973-1932” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1965);
“Lawren Harris: Paintings 1910-1948” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1848);
“Lemoine FitzGerald” (Morris Gallery, 1973);
“The Group of Seven Why Not Eight or Nine or Ten: Revelations by Members of The Arts and Letters Club” (The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, n.d., signed by Ray Cattell on the titlepage);
“F.H. Varley: Paintings 1915-1954” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1954);
“The McMichael Conservation Collection” (Paul Duval, 1967);
“F.H. Varley” (The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1981);
“The Group of Seven: Canadian Landscape Painters” (McMichael Canadian Collection, 1977);
“The Tangled Garden: The Art of J.E.H. MacDonald” (Paul Duval, n.d.);
“Reflections in a Quiet Pool: The Prints of David Milne” (Rosemarie L. Tovell, 1980);
“Canadian Painting in the Thirties” (Charles C. Hill, 1975; with inscribed stationery from the author);
“Helen McNicoll: A Canadian Impressionist” (Natalie Luckyj, 1999);
“Canadian Impressionsim” (Paul Duval, 1990);
“The Story of the Group of Seven” (Dr. A.Y. Jackson, June 1956)


x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $500.00$400.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $200.00
Next bid is: $225.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Paul Duval, “A.J. Casson: My Favourite Watercolours 1919 to 1957”; A.J. Casson “Sunlit Isle” lithograph
Lot #36
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Paul Duval, “A.J. Casson: My Favourite Watercolours 1919 to 1957”; A.J. Casson “Sunlit Isle” lithograph

book with lithograph
“A.J. Casson: My Favourite Watercolours 1919 to 1957” (Paul Duval, Cerebus/Prentice Hall, Toronto, 1982); includes A.J. Casson “Sunlit Isle” (lithograph, signed and numbered 23/25 in pencil in the lower margin, titled on the plastic cover sheet, 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (plate size)); presented within the original slipcase; unframed
8.75 x 10.25 ins ( 22.2 x 26 cms ) ( plate size )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $100.00
Next bid is: $125.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Alfred Joseph Casson, Alone La Cloche; White Forest; Northern Church
Lot #37
ALFRED JOSEPH CASSON
Alone La Cloche; White Forest; Northern Church

three colour serigraphs
”Alone La Cloche” (titled and numbered AP 60/60 in the lower margin);
”Northern Church” (titled and numbered AP 57/60 in the lower margin);
”White Forest” (titled and numbered AP 60/60 in the lower margin);
each unframed
27.5 x 31.75 ins ( 69.9 x 80.6 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $400.00$300.00 - $400.00

Current bid: $200.00
Next bid is: $225.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Martin Glen Loates, Bald Eagle (Study)
Lot #38
MARTIN GLEN LOATES
Bald Eagle (Study)

watercolour with signed photograph
signed and dated 1982 lower right, titled upper right, inscribed “For my friend Paul Duval” and dated 1999 lower right; this lot is accompanied by a signed photograph inscribed “The drawing with this photo is an original work in preparation for the painting Bald Eagle, presented to Pres. R. Reagan in 1982...For my friend Paul Duval”; both unframed
9 x 11.5 ins ( 22.9 x 29.2 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $400.00$300.00 - $400.00

Current bid: $250.00
Next bid is: $275.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Anton Cetin, Folio of Eve and the Moon
Lot #39
ANTON CETIN
Folio of Eve and the Moon

folio of nine prints
each signed, numbered 2/18 and dated 1975 in the lower margin; each unframed, housed in embossed folio cover and wood case, dedicated to Paul Duval and dated “January 12, 1976” by the artist; four exhibition catalogues on Cetin accompany this lot
16.25 x 12 ins ( 41.3 x 30.5 cms ) ( each sheet )

Estimated: $1,200.00$800.00 - $1,200.00

Current bid: $400.00
Next bid is: $425.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Michael Thompson, Lincoln St. Studio
Lot #40
MICHAEL THOMPSON
Lincoln St. Studio

pencil
signed, titled and dated 1981 in the lower margin
17.5 x 15 ins ( 44.5 x 38.1 cms )

Estimated: $700.00$500.00 - $700.00

Current bid: $300.00
Next bid is: $325.00

Closes January 28th at 02:45:00 PM EST

From the Collection of Paul Duval

Bidding Opens  

Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00 am EST

Bidding Closes 

Tuesday, January 28th beginning at 2:00 pm EST


Previews (January 14th to 28th)

Weekdays: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 25th: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Paul Duval, a familiar and respected figure in Canadian art, championed Canadian artists for more than half a century. Mr. Duval advocated for and supported the Group of Seven, Quebec’s avant-garde Automatistes and brought attention to Vancouver’s Jack Shadbolt, Toronto’s Ronald York Wilson, female impressionist painter Helen McNicoll and realist Ken Danby.

 

An art editor for "Saturday Night" magazine, host of CBC Radio’s "The Lively Arts" and art critic for "The Telegram," he shared his vast knowledge of art with the public. Mr. Duval also produced numerous tomes on Canadian art which are still highly regarded to this day.

 

Born in 1922 in Toronto, Paul’s first ambition was to be a painter. As a young boy, he sketched farm houses in Hoggs Hollow, the late afternoon sun in High Park, Sunnyside at night, the enormous chimneys of the Don Valley Brickworks. When he was 8, he was one of two children chosen from his school to attend Arthur Lismer’s Saturday morning classes at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Ontario). At 11, he started high school at Central Tech to study art. In his early teens, Paul left home and took refuge in the office of the Canadian Forum, which had reproduced some of his drawings. Eventually he changed his name from Droy to Duval. He soon found work designing booths for the Canadian National Exhibition and, later, for Eaton’s College Street store.

 

As a boy, Paul idolized Robert Louis Stevenson and wanted to be a writer like him. He continued to paint and exhibit his work into his 20s but writing became his living. His first writing job was as a book reviewer for the Globe and Mail. Then, in 1944, he was hired as the art editor for Saturday Night, a job he held for over 20 years. He used Saturday Night’s national platform to bring attention to artists from coast to coast. He also served as the art critic for the Toronto Telegram for 8 years.

 

Paul formed lifetime friendships with many of the artists he wrote about in countless exhibition catalogues, including the first for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and over 30 books on Canadian art. He organized exhibitions and was instrumental in building a number of important public and private collections. He put Canadian art on the map at a time when we did not see ourselves as having artistic originality and authenticity. He documented Canadian painting so that we would have a body of work that reflected our own internal and external landscapes.


From the late 1950s, Mr. Duval took up residence in the Studio Building in Toronto. The Studio Building was built in 1914 for members of the Group of Seven, a fitting residence for a man who so supported the artists and their achievements. He also was the co-founder of the Canadian Section of the International Association of Art Critics in 1957.

 

As many have said of Mr. Duval, including both friends and colleagues in the art community, he had the uncanny ability to make the art world accessible to all through his writing, providing a window into the flourishing world of Canadian art. As a gifted painter himself, his expertise was based upon a thorough and deep understanding of art. Recognized as one of Canada’s foremost art experts and critics, Mr. Duval prided himself on his art discoveries and sought to provide Canadians with some sense of a tradition of their own.

 

Cowley Abbott is delighted to offer this collection of paintings, prints and sculpture, as well as books from the personal collection of Paul Duval. These works and items surrounded Mr. Duval during his life in the Studio Building, a source of joy, inspiration and reference for the celebrated cultural figure.

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