ArtworksEdwin HolgateAutumn Tangle, 19641892-1977$ 65,000
Inscriptionssigned, ‘E Holgate’ (recto lower left); signed and inscribed ‘Autumn Tangle’ (verso, upper right)
ProvenanceDominion Gallery, Montreal
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal.
Private Collection, Toronto
ExhibitionsOttawa, National Gallery of Canada, July-Sept 1975,
Edmonton, Edmonton Art Gallery, Oct 1975,
Victoria, Art Gallery of Victoria, Nov-Dec 1975,
Hamilton, McMaster University Art Gallery, Jan 1976,
Montreal, Concordia University Gallery, Feb-March 1976,
St John, Memorial University Gallery, April 1976
Halifax, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, July 1976, Edwin Holgate Retrospective Exhibition
LiteratureRosalind Pepall and Brian Foss. Edwin Holgate. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2005. See cat. 119, p. 161 for a painting circa 1948 of a comparable composition.
PublicationsEdwin Holgate, Dennis Reid, Catalog of the National Gallery of Canada, 1976— Dennis Reid, as Curator of Post-Confederation Art at The National Gallery of Canada observed “[Edwin Holgate] is the single most important artist to have emerged from that loose gathering of painters that in the early nineteen twenties called itself the Beaver Hall Group.”
A friend of members of the Group of Seven, despite that he was living in Montreal at the time, accepted their invitation to become a member of the Group shortly before they disbanded into a larger and more inclusive Canadian Group of Painters.
Writing about the generation of our Autumn Tangle, 1964, and with precisely this painting as his example, Dennis Reid observed,
“The canvases of these years - like late Lismers - celebrate the regenerative capacity of nature. Usually close-in, intimate studies of forest interiors, they are rich in observed detail and exciting colour. Among the most sensual of his works, they reveal across every inch of their surfaces the long hours of concentration that have brought to them the gentle glow of life.”
Dennis R. Reid and Edwin Holgate. Edwin H. Holgate. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada p. 7.
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