An Emily Carr painting uncovered in Calgary last summer will go up for auction next week at an estimated value of $150,000 to $175,000.

The discovery was made during a 10-city art roadshow across the country by Consignor Canadian Fine Art, during which members of the public were invited to bring in works of art for valuation.

The watercolour, European Street Scene, was painted during Carr’s artistic training in France.

Rob Cowley, president of Consignor Canadian Fine Art, said the artwork was from a private collection in the city. During a consultation with the client, Cowley said it was a treat to see the watercolour in person. He described the painting as a rare find given its detail, its vibrant colours and the fact that it was painted during an important period in the Canadian artist’s career.

“Works such as this, such detailed works and such vibrant works…and from this period, during her travels in France in 1911, are rare and we don’t see them at auction as often as some of her other periods,” said Cowley.

The watercolour will be featured at Consignor’s Fall Live Auction of Important Canadian Art, which takes place Nov. 23 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

Other works found during the roadshow include a rare pencil sketch by Lawren Harris in preparation for his canvas Lake Superior, and Bridge Over Humber River by A.J. Casson, one of the first outdoor sketches by the artist. Both were found in British Columbia.

Consignor’s live and online auctions have also included works such as a rare, 100-year-old Tom Thomson portrait, which sold for $172,500, an undiscovered William Kurelek work and Jack Bush’s Summer Lake, which broke online auction records in May 2014 for the most expensive painting by a Canadian artist to be sold at an online auction, at $310,500.

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Source:: Calgary Herald

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