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From the Collection of Paul Duval (Online Auction)
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Artwork by Anton Cetin, Eve Series 1977 (No. 9)
Lot #61
ANTON CETIN
Eve Series 1977 (No. 9)

colour lithograph
signed, titled, dated 1977, numbered 10/100 and inscribed “For Paul Duval, friendly Dec. 20th 1977” in the lower margin; unframed
23.25 x 30.25 ins ( 59.1 x 76.8 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $150.00$100.00 - $150.00

Next bid is: $50.00

Closes January 28th at 03:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Teleforas Valius, The Late Morning L III
Lot #74
TELEFORAS VALIUS
The Late Morning L III

colour lithograph and book
signed, titled and dated 1974, inscribed “Paris” and numbered 15/25 in the lower margin; unframed; sold with a copy of “Telesforas Valius” (Romas Viesulas, forward by Paul Duval, Tav Publishing, Toronto, 1984, inscribed “In gratitude for enriching this volume by your sensitivity and insight displayed in the forward. Sincerely, Aldona Valius” on the inside frontispage)
30 x 22.25 ins ( 76.2 x 56.5 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $150.00$100.00 - $150.00

Current bid: $200.00
Next bid is: $225.00

Closes January 28th at 03:45:00 PM EST

Artwork by Paul Duval, Bouquet of Pansies
Lot #73
PAUL DUVAL
Bouquet of Pansies

watercolour
signed “N. Droy” lower left, also signed faintly lower right
9.75 x 7 ins ( 24.8 x 17.8 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $150.00$100.00 - $150.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 03:45:00 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 Robert Francis Michael McInnis, Portrait of a Man
Lot #45
ROBERT FRANCIS MICHAEL MCINNIS
Portrait of a Man

lithograph
signed and dated 1974 upper left, inscribed “12-12-1-74” lower left; unframed
18 x 13.5 ins ( 45.7 x 34.3 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $150.00$100.00 - $150.00

Next bid is: $50.00

Closes January 28th at 03:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Alistair Macready Bell, The Thames from Tower Bridge
Lot #54
ALISTAIR MACREADY BELL
The Thames from Tower Bridge

colour etching
signed, titled and numbered 14/35 in the lower margin
14 x 19.75 ins ( 35.6 x 50.2 cms ) ( plate size )

Estimated: $200.00$100.00 - $200.00

Current bid: $100.00
Next bid is: $125.00

Closes January 28th at 03:15:00 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 John Godfrey, Landscape with Birds
Lot #65
JOHN GODFREY
Landscape with Birds

oil on canvas
signed lower left; dated “March 1974” on the reverse; unframed
11 x 14 ins ( 27.9 x 35.6 cms )

Estimated: $200.00$100.00 - $200.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 03:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Paul Duval “Leo Mol”; Leo Mol “Judy” and “Lora” lithographs
Lot #68
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Paul Duval “Leo Mol”; Leo Mol “Judy” and “Lora” lithographs

book with two prints
Paul Duval, “Leo Mol”, Loch Gallery, Winnipeg, 1982; signed by the author and artist on the frontispage, with inscription from Leo Mol; includes
“Judy” (print, signed, titled and numbered 151/165 in pencil in the lower margin, 11.5 x 9 inches sheet size);
“Lora” (print, signed, titled and numbered 151/165 in pencil in the lower margin, 11.5 x 9 inches); both in original case; both unframed
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $200.00$100.00 - $200.00

Current bid: $125.00
Next bid is: $150.00

Closes January 28th at 03:30:00 PM EST

Artwork by Ronald York Wilson, Blue Opus
Lot #72
RONALD YORK WILSON
Blue Opus

colour lithograph
signed, titled and numbered “HC 2/25” in the lower margin; unframed
21.75 x 24 ins ( 55.2 x 61 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $200.00$150.00 - $200.00

Current bid: $75.00
Next bid is: $100.00

Closes January 28th at 03:45:00 PM EST

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 John Godfrey, Standing Figure
Lot #124
JOHN GODFREY
Standing Figure

oil on canvas
signed upper right; dated “Feb. 1974” on the reverse; unframed
24 x 18 ins ( 61 x 45.7 cms )

Estimated: $250.00$150.00 - $250.00

Next bid is: $50.00

Closes January 28th at 05:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Four Canadian National Exhibition Catalogues
Lot #85
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Four Canadian National Exhibition Catalogues

catalogues
including 1931, 1937, 1938 and 1939 publications
x ins ( 0 x 0 cms )

Estimated: $250.00$150.00 - $250.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

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

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Paul Duval “Eric Freifeld”; “Pembroke Street” lithograph by Eric Freifeld
Lot #47
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Paul Duval “Eric Freifeld”; “Pembroke Street” lithograph by Eric Freifeld

book with lithograph
Paul Duval, “Eric Freifeld”, Yaneff Gallery, Toronto, 1977; includes “Pembroke Street” (lithograph, signed, titled, dated 1977 and numbered 25/25 in the lower margin, 11.75 x 13.25 ins (sheet size)); enclosed in hard cover; unframed

11.75 x 13.25 ins ( 29.8 x 33.7 cms ) ( sheet size )

Estimated: $250.00$150.00 - $250.00

Current bid: $75.00
Next bid is: $100.00

Closes January 28th at 03:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by  Books and Reference, Paul Duval “Ken Danby”; Ken Danby “Looking In” lithograph
Lot #77
BOOKS AND REFERENCE
Paul Duval “Ken Danby”; Ken Danby “Looking In” lithograph

book with colour serigraph
Paul Duval, “Ken Danby”, Gallery Moos Limited, Toronto, 1974; includes “Looking In” (colour serigraph (20 colours), signed, dated 1974 and numbered 6/25 in pencil in the lower margin, 11.75 ins x 11.75 (sheet)); presented within the original slipcase; unframed
11.75 x 11.75 ins ( 29.8 x 29.8 cms ) ( sheet )

Estimated: $250.00$150.00 - $250.00

Current bid: $100.00
Next bid is: $125.00

Closes January 28th at 03:45:00 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 Kenneth Forbes, Portrait of a Young Girl
Lot #15
KENNETH FORBES
Portrait of a Young Girl

oil on canvas
signed lower left
14 x 10 ins ( 35.6 x 25.4 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $250.00
Next bid is: $275.00

Closes January 28th at 02:15:00 PM EST

Artwork by John Alfsen, Portrait of Paul Duval, 1961
Lot #1
JOHN ALFSEN
Portrait of Paul Duval, 1961

oil on canvas board
signed, titled and inscribed “Painted in Studio #1 of the Studio Building in 1961” on the reverse; unframed
24 x 18 ins ( 61 x 45.7 cms )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $225.00
Next bid is: $250.00

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

Artwork by Jack Nichols, Nude Study
Lot #46
JACK NICHOLS
Nude Study

ink on paper
signed lower left; titled on a gallery label on the reverse
19 x 11 ins ( 48.3 x 27.9 cms ) ( sight )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Next bid is: $50.00

Closes January 28th at 03:00:00 PM EST

Artwork by Pat Miele, Mask
Lot #75
PAT MIELE
Mask

bronze on alabaster
signed and dated 1990 (incised)
14 x 5.75 x 5.75 ins ( 35.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 cms ) ( overall )

Estimated: $300.00$200.00 - $300.00

Current bid: $50.00
Next bid is: $75.00

Closes January 28th at 03:45:00 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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