Molly Lamb Bobak R.C.A.

July 1st, Fredericton

oil on canvas
7x11 in.
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signed lower right
signed and titled to verso

Provenance
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal;
Masters Gallery Ltd., Vancouver;
Private collection, Toronto;
Sale of Waddington’s, Canadian Fine Art, Nov. 19, 2018, lot 131;
Private collection

In the 1960s, Molly and Bruno Bobak moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick with their two children. Her interest in scenes of celebrations, public events and city life had continued since her return from England where she has served as Canada’s first female War Memorials artist, and where she had met fellow artist Bruno. They had lived in Vancouver for many years, where she had taught at the Vancouver School of Art. It was a teaching post at the University of New Brunswick, that took her to Fredericton. There, she explored her new city, embracing its streets, parks, squares and public spaces, pubs, and stadiums, where she would find her favourite subject: people gathering. Her depiction of the Canada Day Parade is a delight. Brightly painted uniforms of the various participants divide the crowd into colour groups, and these are surrounded by onlookers, who are further surrounded by trees and buildings. The flags, carried at the centre of the scene, add further colour. Bobak’s brushwork is consistent throughout the crowd, with assured, vertical strokes angled to underscore directional movement, a feature that gives them a feeling of energy. The whole scene, especially the people, seem abuzz with movement.

Molly Joan Lamb Bobak was born on 25 February 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied art at the Vancouver School of Art from 1938-1941 with Jack Shadbolt and Charles Scott. In 1942 she joined the Canadian Women’s Army Corps and became the first Canadian female war artist in 1945;…