clarence gagnon

  • 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. 

  • July 25 - Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale
    Featuring works by James Wilson Morrice, A.Y. Jackson, Philip Surrey, Adrien Hebert and others. On Thursday, July 25, [] will be opening an online exhibition of our latest releases of Important Canadian Art. This special exhibition and sale will be posted on klinkhoff.com at approximately 12pm, with select works on view at the gallery. Please note that all works are subject to prior sale. Buy from Klinkhoff to ensure: Unsurpassed expertise, quality, value-added service and market-leading experience: We have been operating under the same ownership for over 60 years with unique first-hand and proprietary knowledge. By buying from us at a fixed-price, you are assured of reliability, authenticity and quality in what is an excellent group of works of art vetted by respected experts in the field of Canadian and European painting and offered to you the art collector at competitive market prices. Aligned interests: We invest our own money in the works of art we buy and sell, and...
  • Season's Greetings & 2012 Year End Review

    The highlight of the fall season for me had to be "Painting Canada:  Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven", the McMichael Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, hosted brilliantly under the relatively new leadership of Dr. Victoria Dickenson.  This was the same presentation that fortunate spectators had previously enjoyed in London and then Oslo, an exhibition which was not originally scheduled for a Canadian venue.  Since previously published accolades have been as numerous as they have been eloquent, I shall simply add to the commentary that I can think of no better place to see that collection than at McMichael where I was accompanied by my wife Helen, son Jonathan, and an enthusiastic art collector from Vancouver coincidentally visiting the Toronto area.  Risking nostalgia, this is a place of pilgrimage I have occasionally visited over the last 50 years, each visit being as stimulating as the one previous.

  • Unsurpassed expertise, quality, value-added service and market-leading experience:

    We have been operating under the same ownership for over 60 years with unique first-hand and proprietary knowledge. By buying from us at a fixed-price, you are assured of reliability, authenticity and quality in what is an excellent group of works of art vetted by respected experts in the field of Canadian and European painting and offered to you the art collector at competitive market prices.

  • September 28 - Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale
    Featuring works by Jean Paul Lemieux, Cornelius Krieghoff, Robert Pilot and others On Friday, September 28, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff will be opening an online exhibition of our latest releases of Important Canadian Art. This special exhibition and sale will be posted on klinkhoff.com at approximately 12pm, with select works on view at the gallery. Please note that all works are subject to prior sale. Buy from Klinkhoff to ensure: Unsurpassed expertise, quality, value-added service and market-leading experience: We have been operating under the same ownership for over 60 years with unique first-hand and proprietary knowledge. By buying from us at a fixed-price, you are assured of reliability, authenticity and quality in what is an excellent group of works of art vetted by respected experts in the field of Canadian and European painting and offered to you the art collector at competitive market prices. Aligned interests: We invest our own money in the works of art we buy and sell, and...
  • Important Canadian Art Exhibition & Sale - September 30
    Featuring works by William Kurelek, Cornelius Krieghoff and Marc-Aurele Fortin among others September 22, 2011 On Friday, September 30, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff will be opening an exhibition of our latest releases of Important Canadian Art. The special exhibition and sale will be posted online at approximately 12pm, with select works on view at the gallery. Sellers can maximize value and minimize risks by taking advantage of our tried and proven fixed-price sales. We offer financial guarantees to sellers of outstanding works of art. * Buy from Klinkhoff to ensure: Unsurpassed expertise, quality, value-added service and market-leading experience: We have been operating under the same ownership for over 60 years with unique first-hand and proprietary knowledge. By buying from us at a fixed-price, you are assured of reliability, authenticity and quality in what is an excellent group of works of art vetted by respected experts in the field of Canadian and European painting and offered to you the art collector at...
  • Canadian Art Market Review Summer 2011
    Summer saw heightened interest in post-war figurative, emphasis on historical validation Not that many years ago for us and likely for many of our colleagues as well, summer was traditionally a season spent planning and then waiting for clients to return in the fall. For a number of years back then, very much in the French tradition, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff closed its doors altogether for a period of a few weeks during the month of August. Now changes in technology such as the internet and proliferation of mobile devices afford us the opportunity to better serve our clients and prospective clients. Twenty-four-seven access to klinkhoff.com , and our blog where art collectors can find images of select quality works of art, Canadian art market news and valuable expertise, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff on Facebook and Twitter , where we post links to our own material as well as to informative news articles our clients connect with us during their leisure time....
  • The Madeleine Boyer Collection of Clarence Gagnon Etchings
    Clarence Gagnon's prints earned the Canadian artist an international reputation It is never easy - sometimes impossible - to collect the complete set of prints by an artist of an earlier period. Madame Madeleine Boyer's collection of etchings by Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942), lovingly acquired one by one from the 1950's to the early 1970's, achieved a quiet fame in the world of amateurs of Canadian artists' prints of the early 20th Century. It was known to be one of the most complete Gagnon print collections remaining in private hands. At the time of the 1981 Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition of Gagnon prints, with its accompanying catalogue by Ian Thom, she could congratulate herself on having all but the three excessively rare early drypoint trial proofs done in Montreal, one scene in Picardy printed in only three impressions, and a rare view in Normandy, of all the prints in the catalogue. The 28 etchings in his oeuvre for which he had...
  • René Richard, R.C.A. (1895-1982) Trapper and Trail Companions Oil on masonite, 30' x 32 1/2' Provenance: Continental Galleries, Montreal Private Collection, Montreal I have known this René Richard painting my entire professional life and believe this to be my absolute favorite composition by him, a work poetically but maybe not elegantly descriptive of the harsh conditions Richard lived as a Canadian trapper in north western Canada in the 1920s and ‘30s. During René Richard ’s trapping days he drew notes of his experience on paper, references he used after he settled in Baie St Paul, Quebec in 1940, recreating those earlier days in oil paint. Richard's lifestyle as woodsman was first stimulated at age 16 when, living with his family in Cold Lake Alberta where his father had opened a trading post or general store, he went out exploring with another adolescent he referred to as “Dick”. From then-on he embarked on a life of woodsman and trapper, a career...
  • We continue to be convinced that in most cases selling outstanding works of art by private treaty sales, that is with a fine art dealer gallery, you can minimize or even eliminate your financial risk. Just reviewing the results of three important auction sales that have taken place within the ten days prior to writing this, my conclusion is that what Canadian art auctioneers indisputably do better than any commercial art gallery I know of in Canada is write press releases.

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    December 12, 2009

    2009 Autumn Wrap Up

    It has been for us an exciting and gratifying fall season.  We began with our 36th annual non-selling exhibition, this one a tribute to Paul Vanier Beaulieu, an important modern artist, active primarily from the end of World War II until his passing.  This display of especially fine paintings, watercolours, and etchings provided sound visual evidence as to why Beaulieu merited celebration in the company of important emerging modern artists as early as the late 1940s, both in France and here in Canada.  

  • Notes: Lucille Rodier Gagnon Inventory no. 67 Provenance: Dr. Earl Laurin, Westmount, Quebec; Watson Art Galleries, Montreal, Quebec; Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, Quebec; Private collection, Westmount, Quebec. Exhibited: Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, 'Clarence Gagnon Retrospective Exhibition', September 1975, no. 2. Highlight In appreciation of the painterly virtues of 'Après la tempête' it must be said that this pochade demonstrates Clarence Gagnon at the height of his artistic powers. According to Hélène Sicotte in her important catalogue Clarence Gagnon: Dreaming the Landscape for the outstanding Clarence Gagnon exhibition at the Musée National des Beaux arts du Québec and the National Gallery of Canada in 2006 and 2007, after World War I Gagnon had become disillusioned with the deteriorating quality of artist's colours being produced in Paris where he customarily ordered them and that, '[h]e began experimenting with different painting techniques and making his own preparations. He even ground his own pigments...'. Sicotte then notes that 'Winter in the Laurentians, Quebec', a slightly...
  • Having just returned from attending three auction sales held over a period of less than one week when two of the three houses left their catalogue cover paintings unsold and the third, although not the cover picture, the lot anticipated to be the most costly offering, did not meet its reserve, I find a Canadian relevance and wisdom to a couple of quotes I read recently in a New York paper: "Even institutions like the Museum of Modern Art are avoiding auctions.... There’s an element of uncertainty with an auction that in this climate makes it more prudent to sell privately", said Ann Temkin, chief curator in the department of painting and sculpture at MoMA. 

  • Souren Melikian, in The International Herald Tribune of March 20 2009, reported on the 239 art dealer supported Maastricht art fair, one which focuses primarily on Old Master pictures ... ''Business is blooming against all odds in the art market when the rest of the world economy shrinks. As the 22nd European Fine Art Fair, which closes on Sunday, opened its doors to the private viewing on March 12, the rush of hundreds of well-heeled prospective buyers to get in first was as feverish as ever. Transactions were concluded there and then at prices that would not have been higher the previous year. .... Maastricht could have been on another planet where no one had heard of the subprime crisis."

  • Included in this exhibition will be an outstanding painting by Cornelius Krieghoff , 'Ste. Anne River, Early Winter, Quebec North Shore' ca. 1863. This painting, discovered in a private collection in England, has a sister painting in the Art Gallery of Ontario, part of the generous donation of the late Kenneth Thomson. 'Ste. Anne River, Early Winter, Quebec North Shore', is in unparalleled condition for painting of this generation, never having been re-lined or restored. It represents a rare opportunity to purchase the “perfect” Krieghoff. Artwork by David Milne , Paul Caron , John Little , John Lyman , Joseph Plaskett , Clarence Gagnon , Richard Montpetit and Danielle Lanteigne will also be available for purchase. All works offered are subject to prior sale. Please contact us for further information.
  • René Richard Paints "Trapper with Dogsled"

    Recent purchases of a group of excellent paintings by René Richard (1895 - 1982) inspired this reflection of his stature as an important and genuine Canadian artist. He has long been considered of iconic stature in Quebec, the province where he made his home almost 30 years after he had arrived here in Canada from Switzerland with his father and mother.

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    September 12, 1998

    The Klinkhoff Legacy

    Special to the Gazette THE GAZETTE, MONTREAL Saturday, September 12, 1998
    A gallery founder’s sons pay homage to his memory, offering a rare, impressive look at Montreal’s past. BY DOROTA KOZINSKA - Special to the Gazette THE GAZETTE, MONTREAL Saturday, September 12, 1998 'Our todays and yesterdays are the blocks with which we build,' the poet Longfellow wrote. For Walter Klinkhoff, founder of one of the oldest art galleries in Montreal, most of those days were spent building a business that is now woven into the history of this city. In homage to their father, who died last year at the age of 78, and in keeping with a decades-long tradition he initiated, sons Eric and Alan are presenting a non-sale exhibition of Canadian masters, and many of them are a rare treat indeed. Like signposts on Klinkhoff’s long and rich career, the paintings selected are imbued with more than just the esteem of history. They illustrate the many fascinating relationships he established, both with important collectors and well-known artists. He...
  • BERNARD MENDELMAN THE SUBURBAN Wednesday, September 9, 1998 'This is our tribute to dad', commented Alan Klinkhoff on Homage to Walter Klinkhoff, Part 1. Alan and his brother Eric have selected about 25 exceptional pieces, prior to 1950, that are amongst the cream of Canadian art. They were chosen from deceased artists their father personally knew or made a market in. Most of them are borrowed from collections that Mr. Klinkhoff helped formulate. His motto was always: 'What they buy is their business, what I sell is mine.' A long time resident of Hampstead, Mr. Klinkhoff, who died last year, started selling art in 1949, from a second floor duplex on Van Horne. He then moved to Union Ave. before settling in 1959 at the present location, on Sherbrooke St., where he established himself as one of the country’s foremost dealers. The estates of Clarence Gagnon and Randolph Hewton were both handled by Mr. Klinkhoff. It was right pickings after...