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Three works: Mountie Oil on canvas Signed and dated '07 lower left Size: 13.75 x 11.2 in (35 x 28 cm) Whalers on a Stormy Sea Oil on canvas 15.75 x 11.5 in (40 x 29 cm) And: Encounter of a Wolf and Mountain Goat Oil on canvas 17.25 x 22.25 in (44 x 57 cm) Note: "Rescue at Sea" and "Encounter" are not signed but belong to same collection as "Mountie"Arthur Heming, the “Northern Chronicler” was an illustrator and writer, who published three wilderness adventure stories: 'Spirit Lake' (1907), 'Drama of the Forests' (1921), and 'The Living Forest' (1925), and illustrated for many other Canadian and American publications in the first decades of the twentieth century. The subject of his illustrations featured scenes of the North, often with dramatic action and magnificent beasts meant to appeal to readers of fiction. The Mountie was a staple of American fiction during this era and this example shows the Mountie in uniform with a hand drawn, thick border that was characteristic of his style, as found in 'Mooswa and Others of the Boundaries' (William Alexander Fraser and Arthur Heming, 1900) for instance. One of the most remarkable aspects of Heming’s work in addition to the streamlined and perfected design in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, is the achromatic colour palette, a result of his diagnosis of colour blindness as a child. The marine subject matter of “Whalers in a Stormy Sea” is somewhat unusual for Heming, though in 1916 Heming prepared a series of whaling paintings in McLeans for which this canvas may have been prepared but never published. In his lifetime Heming was somewhat of an outcast from the traditional art world and was criticized by his contemporaries including members of the Group of Seven for being too commercial. While the dominant aesthetics of the time were centered on portraying an uninhibited, pure northern landscape, Heming, in the tradition of Paul Kane, George Catlin and others illustrator-reporters, was instrumental in defining how the world, and in particular, how Americans, came to understand the Canadian life and culture.

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ARTHUR HENRY HOWARD HEMING (Canadian, 1870-1940)

Estimate CA$5,000 - CA$7,000Jun 27, 2018