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From the Collection of Paul Duval (Online Auction)
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Artwork by Glenn Priestly , Portrait of a Girl
Lot #101
GLENN PRIESTLY
Portrait of a Girl

graphite
signed and dated “March 1976” lower right; titled on a gallery label on the reverse
13.75 x 10.5 ins ( 34.9 x 26.7 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $250.00
Next bid is: $275.00

Closes January 28th at 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Michael Thompson, Study for Patty
Lot #102
MICHAEL THOMPSON
Study for Patty

graphite
signed, titled and dated 1980 in the lower margin; titled on a gallery label on the reverse
10 x 8 ins ( 25.4 x 20.3 cms ) ( subject )

Estimated: $700.00$500.00 - $700.00

Current bid: $150.00
Next bid is: $175.00

Closes January 28th at 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Jack Nichols, Profile of a Woman
Lot #103
JACK NICHOLS
Profile of a Woman

lithograph
signed, dated 1957 and numbered 15/35 in the lower margin; unframed
25.75 x 19.75 ins ( 65.4 x 50.2 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $150.00$100.00 - $150.00

Current bid: $200.00
Next bid is: $225.00

Closes January 28th at 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Eight Canadian Art Reference Books and Periodicals
Lot #104
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Eight Canadian Art Reference Books and Periodicals

eight books and periodicals
“Vancouver International Festival: The Arts in French Canada” (Vancouver Art Gallery, 1959);
“The National Gallery of Canada Bulletin” (The National Gallery of Canada, May 1963);
“Canadian Art Magazine” (Maclean Hunter Printing, Spring 1965);
“Trends in Canadian Art” (John Alford, University of Toronto Quarterly, January 1945);
“The Development of Painting in Canada” (The Ryerson Press, 1965);
“Here and Now: A Canadian Quarterly Magazine of Literature and Art” (Catherine Harmon, Vol 11. No. 4, June 1949);
“Here and Now: A Canadian Quarterly Magazine of Literature and Art” (Catherine Harmon, Vol. 1., No. 3., January 1949);
“Memoirs of An Art Dealer Vol. 1” (G. Blair Laing, 1979, inscribed “To my old friend, Paul Duval. With best wishes, G. Blair Laing” on the frontispage);
sold with J.E.H. MacDonald “Beaver Pond, Algoma” reproduction print


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 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Twenty-Two Sculpture and Ceramic Reference Books
Lot #105
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Twenty-Two Sculpture and Ceramic Reference Books

books
“Ceramics for the Potter” (Ruth M. Home, 1952);
“Sculpture Inside and Out” (Malvina Hoffman, 1939);
“Maryon Kantaroff: Sculpture and Reliefs” (Galerie Dresdnere, Galerie Martal, 1974);
“Andreas Drenters” (Chandler Kirwin and Meaghan Clarke, 1994);
“Leo Mol: Sculptures 1952-1979” (McMichael Canadian Collection, 1980);
“A Retrospective Exhibition of the Works of Leo Mol” (Mendel Art Gallery, 1975, signed by the artist);
“Highly Important Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Sculpture” (Parke-Bernet Galleries, 1972);
“Masks: The Many Faces of Man” (Royal Ontario Museum, 1959 - 2 copies);
“Robert Murray: A Sculpture Exhibition” (Dayton Art Institute and the Columbus Museum of Art, 1979);
“Judy Raymer Ivkoff” (Paul Duvall, 2010);
“Root Force: Judy Raymer Ivkoff” (Engine Gallery, 2011);
“Wood” (London Public Library and Art Museum, 1974);
“Large Format Works in Clay” (Burlington Cultural Centre, 1985);
“Against the Grain: Joe Fafard Field Project” (MacLaren Art Centre, 1997) - 6 copies;
“Leo Mol Sculpture Garden” (1992 - 2 copies);
“Leo Mol” (Loch Mayberry Fine Art, 1992);
“Folk Carvings by Robert McTavish” (Isaacs Gallery, n.d.);
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 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Ten Reference Books on Birds and Wildlife
Lot #106
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Ten Reference Books on Birds and Wildlife

books
“Mammals in Profile” (Randolph S. Peterson, 1975) - 2 copies;
“Art on the Wing” (Joan Winearls, 1999);
“Notebooks” (Thoreau MacDonald, 1980);
“The Condor” (Harry Harris, September-October 1926);
“Birds and Animals drawings by Thoreau MacDonald, 2nd Series” (Thoreau MacDonald, 1973, signed by the artist);
“Birds and Animals drawings by Thoreau MacDonald” (Thoreau MacDonald, 1968, signed by the artist);
“Woods and Fields 70 drawings by Thoreau MacDonald” (Thoreau MacDonald,1951);
“Animals in Art” (Royal Ontario Museum, 1975);
“Paintings from the Wild” (Clarence Tilenius, 1980)

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 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Twenty Quebec Artist Reference Books
Lot #107
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Twenty Quebec Artist Reference Books

books
“Alfred Pellan” (National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Le Musée de la Province de Québec, Art Gallery of Toronto, 1960);
“Pellan” (Donald Buchanan, 1962);
“Jean McEwen” (cette étude a paru dans cimaise, 1965);
“Riopelle: Sculpture, Paintings” (Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1963);
“Riopelle: Paintings from the Fifties” (Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1989);
“Riopelle: Sculpture, Paintings, Aquarelle” (Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1965);
“Jean-Paul Riopelle” (Galerie Claude Lafitte, 1987);
“Riopelle: Les oies sauvages” (Pierre Matisse Gallery, 1985);
“Riopelle” (The National Gallery of Canada, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1962);
“Jean-Paul Riopelle” (Galerie Claude Lafitte, 1989);
“Jean-Paul Riopelle” (Mourlot, Paris);
“The Automatistes: Then and Now” (Galerie Dresdnere, 1986);
“Philip Surrey: La peintre dans la ville” (Musee d’art Contemporain, Montreal, 1971, signed by the artist on the title page);
“Rita Letendre” (Palm Springs Desert Museum);
“Adrien Hébert: Thirty Years of His Art” (The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1971);
“Quebec Artists: Then and Now“ (Roberts Gallery, 2008);
“Marcelle Ferron” (Édition Simon Blais, 2008);
“Clarence Gagnon” (René Boissay, 1988);
“Riopelle” (par Pierre Schneider, 1972);
“Pellan” (Germain Lefebvre,1973)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $175.00
Next bid is: $200.00

Closes January 28th at 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Twenty Miscellaneous Canadian Group of Painters/Canadian Art Reference Books
Lot #108
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Twenty Miscellaneous Canadian Group of Painters/Canadian Art Reference Books

books
“Milne” (Alan Jarvis, 1962);
“David Milne” (Galerie Godard Lefort, 1971);
“W.P. Weston” (Heffel Gallery Limited, 1991);
“E. Lindner” (Banfer Gallery, 1965);
“Lyman” (Paul Dumas, 1944);
“Jack Bush The Early Years” (Miriam Shiell Fine Art, 2004);
“M. Cullen” (The Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1956);
“Jock Macdonald” (Roberts Gallery, 1962);
“Catalogue of Memorial Exhibitions of the Work of Clarence Gagnon, J.W. Beatty” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1942 - 2 copies;
“E. Lindner A Retrospective Exhibition” (Mendel Art Gallery, n.d.);
“Lyman” (Dominion Gallery, n.d.);
“E. Lindner Drawings 1869-1972” (The Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, n.d.);
“John Lyman 1886-1967” (Louis Dompierre, 1986);
“Jock Macdonald Retrospective 1969-1970” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1968-69);
“Arthur Shilling” (Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, 1986);
“L.A.C. Panton 1894-1954” (The Hart House Art Gallery, University of Toronto, 1974);
“Towards a Lyrical Abstraction: The Art of L.A.C. Panton” (Christine Boyanoski, 1990);
“Barry McCarthy: The Inner Atlantic” (The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 1995);
“Doris McCarthy, Feast of Incarnation Paintings 1929-1989” (Stratford Gallery, 1991);
“Stanley Royle 1888-1961” (Patrick Condon Laurette, 1989);
“G. Roberts” (James Borcoman, 969)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $375.00
Next bid is: $400.00

Closes January 28th at 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Seventeen Canadian, Contemporary and Indigenous Reference Books
Lot #109
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Seventeen Canadian, Contemporary and Indigenous Reference Books

books and periodicals
“Contemporary Art of 79 Countries” (International Business Machines Corporation Collection, 1939);
“Contemporary Art of the Western Hemisphere” (International Business Machines Corporation, 1941);
“Prize Award Winners, 1908-1965 Spring Exhibitions” (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1967);
“L’Exposition d’art de L’Ontario à l’occasion du centenaire” (Province of Ontario Council for the Arts, 1972);
“Lumière et atmosphère L’Impressionnisme au Canada, 1885-1920” (Musée du Québec, 1995);
“Four Ontario Realists” (Art Gallery of Brant, 1976);
“The Art Gallery of Toronto: Painting and Sculpture” (Art Gallery of Toronto, 1959);
“Canada: Face to Face” (The Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery, n.d.);
“7 West Coast Painters” (University of British Columbia, 1959);
“Canadian Art Magazine Vol. VI. Number 2” (Robert Ayre, Christmas 1948);
“Heritage de France 1610-1760” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1961);
“Sedna: The Spirit of the Sea” (Feheley Fine Arts, n.d.);
“Buried Treasure: The Art Collection of Wilfred Laurier University” (Wilfred Laurier Univeesity, 1987);
“Toronto Dominion Bank 115th Annual Report 1970”;
“Tamara Jaworska” (Paul Duval, 1981);
“The National Gallery of Canada: Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Volume 1: Older Schools” (R.H. Hubbard, 1957)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $100.00
Next bid is: $125.00

Closes January 28th at 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Sixteen Indigenous and Inuit Art Reference Books
Lot #110
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Sixteen Indigenous and Inuit Art Reference Books

books
“Thunderbird Park” (The British Columbia Government Travel Bureau, n.d;
“Songs of Sea and Sky, Songs of Haida Gwaii: Haida Argillite Sculpture” (Masters Gallery Ltd., 2005);
“Totem Poles Volume 1” (Marius Barbeau, National Museum of Canada, 1964);
“Totem Poles Volume 2” (Marius Barbeau, National Museum of Canada, 1964);
“Haida Carvers in Argillite (Marius Barbeau, National Museum of Canada, 1957);
“Tsimsyan Myths: Illustrated” (Marius Barbeau, National Museum of Canada, 1961, signed by the author on inside cover page);
“Medicine Men on the North Pacific Coast” (Marius Barbeau. National Museum of Canada, 1958);
“The Eskimo Art Collection of The Toronto-Dominion Bank” (TD Bank, 1967 with a secondary pamphlet of the TD collection);
“Masterpieces of Indian and Eskimo Art from Canada” (National Gallery of Canada, 1970);
“Portraits of the Indians” (Glenbow, 1975;)
“Genous: First Peoples Art of Canada”- (June 1999);
“Art of the Great Lakes Indians” (Flint Institute of Art, 1973);
“DYN: The Review of Modern Art” (editorial, 1943);
“North American Indian Mythology” (Cottie Burland, 1965);
“Kenojuak” (Jean Blodgett, 1985);
“From the Heart: From the Art in Canada” (National Museum of Man, 1983)
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 04:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Lindee Climo , Partridge Rock Hen as Eleonora of Toledo (after Bronzino)
Lot #111
LINDEE CLIMO
Partridge Rock Hen as Eleonora of Toledo (after Bronzino)

oil on canvas
signed lower left; signed, titled and dated 1991 on the reverse; Condition Noted: a long vertical scratch present on the lower half of the painting, sold “as is” and not subject to return (full condition report available upon request)
26.5 x 20.75 ins ( 67.3 x 52.7 cms )

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

Current bid: $900.00
Next bid is: $950.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Lindee Climo , Muffed Rooster as Henry the VIII (after Holbien)
Lot #112
LINDEE CLIMO
Muffed Rooster as Henry the VIII (after Holbien)

oil on canvas
signed lower left; signed, titled and dated 1991 on the reverse
24 x 24 ins ( 61 x 61 cms )

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

Current bid: $1,600.00
Next bid is: $1,800.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Graham Fowler, Abstraction
Lot #113
GRAHAM FOWLER
Abstraction

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1980 on the stretcher; unframed
42 x 60 ins ( 106.7 x 152.4 cms )

Estimated: $3,500.00$2,500.00 - $3,500.00

Current bid: $1,200.00
Next bid is: $1,400.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Twenty-Six Historical Canadian Art Reference Books
Lot #114
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Twenty-Six Historical Canadian Art Reference Books

books
“C.M. Manly, A.R.C.A. 1855-1924” (The Cobourg Art Gallery, 1973) - 4 copies;
“Canadian Portraits of the 18th and 19th Centuries” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1959, signed by Paul Duval on the frontispage);
“Daniel Fowler 1810-1894” (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1964);
“A Century of Colonial Painting: The Seven Years War to Confederation” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1964) - 2 copies;
“Nature’s Grandest Scene: 19th Century Views of Niagara Falls” (Wunderlich & Company, 1986);
“Edmond Morris Frontier Artist” (Jean S. McGill, 1984);
“George Reid: A Biography” (Muriel Miller, 1987);
“G.A. Reid Canadian Artist” (Muriel Miller Miner, 1946, inscribed by G.A. Reid and Mary Wrinch Reid);
“W.J. Wood Paintings and Graphics” (Christine Boyanoski and John Hartman, 1983);
“Nine Watercolour Paintings by George Heriot (1766-1844) in the Collection of Willistead Art Gallery of Windsor” (Kenneth Saltmarche, 1967);
“Antoine Plamondon and Théophile Hamel: Two Painters of Quebec” (The National Gallery of Canada, n.d.);
“Homer Watson: Paintings and Drawings” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1963);
“The Group of Seven Fiftieth Anniversary 1920-1970” (Globe Envelopes Products Limited, 1970);
“Lawren Harris Retrospective Exhibition 1963” (National Gallery of Canada, 1963);
“An Evening with members of the Group of Seven” (Ontario Society of Education, 1965);
“Catalogue of Inaugural Exhibition” (The Art Gallery of Toronto, 1926);
“Early Canadian Portraits” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1969);
“Miller G. Brittain Drawings and Pastels: c.1930-1967” (Creative Art Centre, University of New Brunswick, 1967, inscribed ‘Mr. Paul Duval” on the cover);
“The North West Passage 1534-1859” (Toronto Public Library 1963);
“J. Harlow White” (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1975);
“Frances Anne Hopkins 1838-1919: Canadian Scenery” (Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1990);
“Sympathetic Realism: George A. Reid and the Academic Tradition” (Christine Boyanoski, 1986);
“Horatio Walker” (David Karel, 1987);
“A Portfolio of Canadian Art” (Eric Brown, 1926)
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $500.00$400.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $125.00
Next bid is: $150.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Fourteen Canadian Art Reference Books
Lot #115
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Fourteen Canadian Art Reference Books

books
“Against the Grain Fafard Field Project” (Maclaren Art Centre, 1996);
“An Anthology of Canadian Art” (Robert H. Hubbard, 1960);
“Three Hundred Years of Canadian Art” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1967);
“Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada: Canadian Art, Volume One/A-F” (National Gallery of Canada, 1988);
“Canadian Landscape Painting, 1670-1930” (R.H. Hubbard, 1973);
“Winnipeg West: Painting and Sculpture in Western Canada 1945-1970” (Christopher Varley, 1983);
“The Canadian Earth: Landscape Paintings by The Group of Seven” (Roger Boulet, 1982);
“Canadian Painters: From Paul Kane to the Group of Seven” (Phaidon Press, n.d.);
“Great Canadian Painting: A Century of Art” (Elizabeth Kilbourn, 1966);
“The Arts in Canada: A Stock-taking at Mid-century” (Malcolm Ross, 1958);
“Painting in Canada: A History” (J. Russell Harper, 1966);
“Call them Canadians” (National Film Board of Canada, 1968);
“Contemporary Canadian Painting” (William Withrow, 1972);
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 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Sixteen Canadian Art Reference Books
Lot #116
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Sixteen Canadian Art Reference Books

books
“The Tom Thomson Mystery” (William T. Little, 1970);
“Emily Carr & Her Dogs” (Douglas & McIntyre, 1997);
“Aspects of Realism” (Rothmans, 1976);
“The National Gallery of Canada Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Vol. II” (R.H. Hubbard, 1959);
“The MacCallum-Jackman Donations” (The National Gallery of Canada, 1969);
“Canadian Art Today” (New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1970);
“In Search of Form: Jack Shadbolt” (McLelland & Stewart Ltd., 1968);
“Pictures from the Douglas M. Duncan Collection” (Frances Duncan Barwick, 1975);
“The McMichael Canadian Collection” (The McMichael Canadian Collection, 1979);
“Handbook” (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974);
“The Collection” (Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery, 1981);
“British Columbia Women Artists 1885-1985” (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1985);
“Robert Murray: Sculpture and Working Models” (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1983);
“Robert G. Kremp’s Paintings and Drawings of Rural Ontario” (Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, 1983, signed by the artist);
“By a Lady: Celebrating Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women” (Maria Tippett, 1992);
“The National Gallery of Canada” (Jean Sutherland Boggs, 1971)

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 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by John Godfrey, New York
Lot #117
JOHN GODFREY
New York

oil on canvas
signed upper right; titled and dated “Sept. 1974” on the reverse; unframed
32 x 40 ins ( 81.3 x 101.6 cms )

Estimated: $500.00$300.00 - $500.00

Current bid: $125.00
Next bid is: $150.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Frederic Marlett Bell-Smith, Three Pastoral Landscapes
Lot #118
FREDERIC MARLETT BELL-SMITH
Three Pastoral Landscapes

three watercolours
each signed lower right; all unframed
6.25 x 9.25 ins ( 15.9 x 23.5 cms ) ( (largest piece) )

Estimated: $700.00$500.00 - $700.00

Current bid: $325.00
Next bid is: $350.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Paul Duval, Farmhouse, Hogg’s Hollow, 1935
Lot #119
PAUL DUVAL
Farmhouse, Hogg’s Hollow, 1935

watercolour and book
signed “N. Droy” lower right; sold with a copy of “Berryman Street Boy” (Paul Duval, Von Lotz Publishing Inc., Whitby, Ontario, 2000)
10.5 x 13.5 ins ( 26.7 x 34.3 cms ) ( sight )

Estimated: $700.00$500.00 - $700.00

Current bid: $175.00
Next bid is: $200.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by John Godfrey, Early Winter
Lot #120
JOHN GODFREY
Early Winter

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1979 lower right; signed, titled and dated on the reverse; unframed
22 x 26 ins ( 55.9 x 66 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 04:45:00 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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