Art canadien classique
A Trip to Town, 1861
Inscriptionssigned and dated, 'C Krieghoff 1861' (lower right)
Mr. David Harris, Toronto (family of W. Harris Abattoir, one of the original founders of Canada Packers in 1927);
Mr. David Harris, Toronto, son of the above;
Mr. & Mrs. L. Little, Ontario.
The travelers, likely from the house on the above left, are going to town, seated in a rather rudimentary “berline”. While the runners are low to the snow, there is adequate space under the feet of the travellers where one can put hot bricks to keep one’s feet warm during the trip. Bearskin is the blanket of choice. Students of harnesses of the period will find accuracy in Krieghoff’s description.
Krieghoff’s painterly handling of the early sunrise showcases him as a mature artist of outstanding ability and one with a keen appreciation of the beauties of his adopted homeland.
The wayside cross is an image of Quebec steeped in its rich history. The reasons Canadiens erected these crosses include looking to divine protection of their property , for their well-being, and for safe travels. “Ours” is a finely sculpted cross, atop sitting a rooster and the sun on the axis.
The oval shape is a decorative element that traces its roots to 18th Century France and serve to enhance the prominence of the painting in the interior where it hangs. This results in a most handsome and distinguished presentation.
For a connoisseur of 19th Century Canadian art, and one looking to acquire a Cornelius Krieghoff painting of quality, we encourage your purchase.