Introduction to the Sale of Property from an Important British Columbia Collection
In the spring of 2019, we were contacted by a collector in British Columbia, a now retired executive who had a career with a large multinational corporation. Over the years she assembled a collection of outstanding quality works of art. Subsequently she authorized us to sell her fine art collection. We are delighted to present herewith the paintings from this Sale of Property from an Important British Columbia Collection, which are available now for your purchase.
The collection is the result of an astute and intelligent purchasing process, in part reliant on the guidance of expert gallerists within the mainstream, including Galerie Walter Klinkhoff. Now retired, she is selling her collection to support a variety of initiatives, including select charities and a bursary she established at her alma mater, the University of Manitoba.
The result of an astute and intelligent purchasing process
We are honoured to celebrate the continued growth of Alan Klinkhoff Gallery with an exhibition and sale of an excellent and very personal collection of Canadian fine art consigned to us by an executive of a multinational who in retirement lives in Vancouver. The collection and her history combine to make for both a purchase opportunity of fine art of quality along with a primer of a personal experience through art purchasing and selling of a highly educated, intelligent, and successful executive who, like many other successful executives we have served, is capable of making aesthetic and business decisions logically as well as efficiently.
Much is written of the challenges experienced by women in business and, of course, in the visual arts. In the 1970s era and with a multinational company in a field of technology, and a female, the challenges confronted by our client were every bit what you might imagine. In her field we think that it is safe to say that she was a pioneer and a game changer for those to follow. Her expectations making her important purchases from reputable galleries is that they will be a financial asset that will be able to be monetized at a future date to fund her philanthropic and familial objectives.
[...] That notion of ‘rewarding myself ’ was truly at the core of all my major purchases. Each time I was promoted to a new position or received a significant financial award, I celebrated by purchasing one or more pieces of art.
I did not have a clear or well defined strategy to collect all of the Group of Seven or any other specific category of artists. I would simply walk into a gallery and within a couple of minutes I was able to identify a piece (or pieces!) that I wanted to live with. I was drawn by certain colours and works that soothed me or cheered me up. I did not ever want to feel challenged or shocked in any way as I had a significant overabundance of those sorts of experiences in my daily work life.
Having attended a number of art auctions as an observer, I quickly concluded that this would never be a sensible option for me. I knew I needed a first class ‘partner’ to work with in selling this very special type of asset and was fortunate that I quickly found the best team in Canada - the Klinkhoff family.
— Art Collector, British Columbia, Canada
Fort Senneville, Que, 1913
Oil on panel
Paul Caron was primarily known as an illustrator in the employ of La Presse and The Montreal Star. His creative work beyond his employ are works of historical interest, a body of urban compositions of Montreal and high quality compositions like the one offered here illustrating the remains of Fort Senneville, just west of Montreal, off the island, near the rapids at Ste. Anne. The origins of the structure date back to 17th century New France.
Terrebonne, 1915 (circa)
Oil on wood panel
10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in (26 x 34.9 cm)
This is a rare and precious view by Maurice Cullen looking toward Terrebonne, overlooking the Rivière Mille Îles from what would now be known as Saint-François-de-Sales in the borough of Laval. Although Cullen's sense of impressionism is the farthest from documentary, the imagery is recognizable. The rust-red building is identifiable as that of the company Limoges, a manufacturer of doors and windows, a structure that burned down in 1922.
Maurice CullenLaurentian Backwater on the Caché River, 1922 (circa)Oil on wood panel11 3/4 x 16 1/8 in
29.8 x 41 cmSold
Henrietta Mabel May