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  • Blog
    June 14, 2018

    Alan Klinkhoff on Cultural Property Export Controls

    "A Discount Shopping Basket for Museums"
    Alan Klinkhoff on Cultural Property Export Controls

    “I believe the export controls continue to do much disservice to the interest they were designed to protect." (Walter Klinkhoff, Reminiscences of an Art Dealer, 1994, p. 26). 

     

    Having been a major and distinguished participant in the art dealing trade in Canada for more than four decades, in 1994 my father Walter Klinkhoff wrote the above about the unintended consequences of Bill C-33, The Cultural Properties Act.

     

    Tuesday, June 12,  the Federal Court issued its ruling in favour of Heffel Auction House in their appeal against a decision by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) to bar the export of a Gustave Caillebotte. The Honourable Mr. Justice Manson’s judgement in Heffel Gallery v. the Attorney General, Canada breathes fresh air into what, in our opinion, has always been a disservice to Canadians and has become increasingly so over the decades since Dad penned those astute remarks. 


  • Available for sale: Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Lafresnière, First Snow, c. 1923-1930, oil on canvas, 39 x 48 in.

     

    First Snow, Lafresnière beautifully illustrates that brief time of year when the leaves are still a wonderful array of reds and oranges and yet, a soft, glistening layer of the first snow lightly covers the ground and rooftops. This brief moment of transition between the fall and the winter is perhaps the best subject matter for Fortin, a virtuosic colourist, as it implored him to broaden his palette and marry the reds of the fall with the blues of the winter. 

  • Tom Forrestall and Alan Klinkhoff at Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto

    Tom Forrestall while in Toronto to attend his important exhibition at Mira Godard Gallery, stopped by Alan Klinkhoff Gallery 

  • Fritz Brandtner's Social Realism

     

    In a society ravaged by the Great Depression and war, Fritz Brandtner sought to address contemporary social issues like poverty and health care in this important cubist-inspired composition.

  • Edwin Holgate, La Malbaie (Murray Bay), 1926

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery is pleased to share with fellow art enthusiasts our research into a particularly fine Edwin Holgate painting and accompanying drawing, which we offered for sale. 

  • Lemieux's Iconic Dufferin Terrace Scene in Quebec City

    By François-Marc Gagnon, PhD., OC.

    The Dufferin Terrace in Quebec City is a well known tourist attraction. Named after Lord Dufferin who was Governor of Canada from 1872 to 1878 it was built in 1838. From there, people have a breathtaking view of the Saint-Lawrence River, of the Île d’Orléans, and of the Traverse Québec-Lévis. The Château Frontenac is adjacent to it.

  • Blog
    January 10, 2018

    A Record Breaking Year: Our Canadian Art Sales in 2017

    Year in Review: 2017 at a Glance
    Craig, Alan, Helen and Jonathan Klinkhoff

    Reflecting on this past year at Alan Klinkhoff Gallery and Klinkhoff.ca, there are, for us, obvious highlights. One was the outstanding collection of Lawren Harris paintings we successfully offered for sale on behalf of an important private collector. We cannot over emphasise our gratitude to the owners of this extraordinary Harris collection, the family which allowed us to present for sale such fine examples of Canadian art. We were proud to show them in our Montreal and Toronto galleries as well as on Klinkhoff.ca, a platform in which we have invested heavily in both financial and human resources to offer a stimulating and informative visit.

  • Kurelek

    2. The First Snowfall

    Willam behaved like children all over the world at the first snowfall.

    He became giddy with excitement and held his mouth open to catch the first big, juicy flakes, slowly spiraling downward.

     

  • A pioneer female artist's portraits and Montreal family ties

    "Not surprisingly, her [Laura Muntz Lyall] paintings were consistently in demand by patrons in Canada, and, despite the number of talented artists who then portrayed women and children, she was considered the most important painter of children at the time" 


    — Joan Murray

  • Blog
    September 21, 2017

    Arthur Lismer in Bon Echo

    An extraordinary early and Group period work by Arthur Lismer that depicts the Bon Echo Rock on Mazinaw Lake.  In size and immediacy, the quickly executed sketch entitled, Bon Echo, c. 1921-22, is a descriptive and emotional testament to the grandeur and natural beauty of the Bon Echo Rock.

  • John Little

    This exhibition will be the first authorized tribute to Little's career, and the opening in Toronto will mark the first time an important presentation of his work will be seen in that city. Although he has always preferred to remain out of the limelight, we are grateful for his encouragement and support behind the scenes. In a letter titled "ENDORSEMENT", he wrote in what is his characteristically modest fashion:

  • Welcome to a new Klinkhoff.ca: Our Industry Leading Canadian Art Website

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery is proud to introduce a new version of our industry-leading website Klinkhoff.ca. This state of the art web platform was developed to provide our growing online audience with a more convenient buying experience while also allowing us to better share our family's 70-year tradition of expertise in Canadian art.

     

  • Blog
    September 5, 2017

    Welcome to a new Klinkhoff.ca

    Klinkhoff.ca

    Alan Klinkhoff Gallery is proud to introduce a new version of our industry-leading website klinkhoff.ca. This state of the art web platform was developed to provide our growing online audience with a more convenient buying experience while also allowing us to better share our family's 70-year tradition of expertise in Canadian art.

  • "Norman Leibovitch devoted his life to painting. Now his work is deteriorating inside two dimly lit storage units, in danger of perishing."

     Article by Wayne Larsen

  • John Little

     

    In November,  2017, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery will celebrate John Little's 65 year contribution to Canadian painting with an exhibition in his honour. John Little: City Life, 1951... will be featured at our galleries in Montreal and Toronto. If you have paintings by John Little that you wish to submit for consideration and possible inclusion in this exhibition or the catalogue, we encourage you to send photographs and details to us at info@klinkhoff.ca.

  • In November 2017, at our galleries in Montreal and Toronto we shall celebrate John Little’s 65 year contribution to Canadian painting . John Little is the leading Canadian urban artist of his day. Although Montreal and Quebec City are his painting places, his message is relevant to urban areas in North America of his day.

  • Blog
    April 22, 2017

    LCC Graduate Exhibition 2017

    LCC Graduate Exhibition 2017

    Thanks to the generosity of the Klinkhoff family, we eighteen LCC graduates had the immense privilege of displaying our art at the prestigious Klinkhoff Gallery for a few days. Displaying our work has given us the opportunity to showcase our individual pieces, but also to highlight the importance of being involved in the arts throughout high school.

     

  • Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, Spring in the Outskirts, 1922

    In 1918, while recovering from his recent nervous breakdown, Lawren Harris began to focus on a new architectural subject: recently constructed houses in Toronto’s unplanned, blue-collar suburbs. Located just outside city limits, these unregulated settlements were widely known as “shacktowns.” In 1920, one art critic described the artist as the “first man in Canada . . . to glorify shacks.” A favorite suburban area for Harris was Earlscourt, a rural neighbourhood that had been under incremental development since 1906.

  • Featured Painting: Lawren Harris, A Row of Houses, Wellington Street

    A Row of Houses, Wellington Street is Lawren Harris’ first major canvas depicting downtown Toronto housing. Signed and dated “L S H ’10” on the face of the picture, a faint inscription on the back of the original stretcher, retained and now attached to the current one reads “Street Painting I.” The site can be identified. On the city’s 1880 fire insurance map, the row of six adjoined, two-and-half story brick dwellings was named “St Catharine’s Terrace” and was located on the north side of Wellington Street West between Dorset and John Streets.

  • Featured Painting: Lawren Harris Maligne Lake, Jasper Park, 1924

    In 1924 Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson spent August and early September sketching in Jasper Park in the Rocky Mountains. They first walked from Jasper Lodge to Maligne Lake. By horse they went on to the Colin Range, before hiking over the Shovel Pass to the Athabaska and Tonquin valleys. “We camped at the south end of Maligne Lake on a wide delta of gravel,” Jackson wrote in the January 1925 issue of The Canadian Forum. “Round about were vast piles of crumbling mountains that crowded in the cold green, silt-coloured water of the lake… we decided that mountains have to be roughly handled – big rhythms running across and in, paintings built up architecturally, forms considered as abstract in determining their relationship and the creative faculty given free rein.” While the mountains weren’t to Jackson’s taste, this trip initiated Harris’ lifelong love of the mountains.

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