Carl Schaefer R.C.A.

Pears and Wire Basket on a Printed Cloth, 1965

watercolour on paper
11.5x18 in.
$4,800 Cdn.
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Provenance
Harold Sumberg, directly from the artist, 1965, inscription to verso;
By descent to private collection, Vancouver;
Sale of Maynards Fine Art & Antiques, May 8, 2013, lot 39;
Private collection, Edmonton

Schaefer was an exquisite watercolorist, and fruit was a favourite subject for the artist from the beginnings of his career. His still life work sometimes carried symbolic imagery, but often they were exercises in the artists design skill. “I use still life as a kind of extreme formalism,” The artist noted, “A formal attitude toward painting that carries no message, no propaganda, nothing except itself.” (1) Pears and Wire Basket exemplifies Schaefer’s natural handling of his medium.
1. Margaret Gray, Margaret Rand and Lois Steen, Carl Shasefer: Canadian Artists 3, p. 54

Carl Fellman Schaefer, artist, teacher (b at Hanover, Ont 30 Apr 1903; d at Toronto, Ont 21 May 1995). A vigorous yet sensitive interpreter of rural southern Ontario scenery, Schaefer is typical of regionalist Canadian artists who chose to concentrate on agrarian and social rather than wilderness themes during the…