Clarence Alphonse Gagnon

Canadian (1881 - 1942)

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon was a Canadian painter.
Based on records, Clarence Alphonse Gagnon's estimated art value is C$500,000 (*)

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$100,000 - C$1,000,000, or even much higher.

From records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Clarence Alphonse Gagnon (1881-1942) was C$984,000 - paid for "Ice Harvest, Quebec, 1935" at Cowley Abbott in Toronto on Wed, Dec 6, 2023. has 349 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$100,000 to C$1,000,000.

Heffel Auction House Biography and Notes

In this fine pastel, Clarence Gagnon depicts the rural countryside of Charlevoix, a painting place central to his oeuvre. Hélène Sicotte writes, "In Charlevoix county the artist found vistas where cultivated areas, transformed by close to three centuries of human occupation, alternated with stretches of wildness...With its unique topography and age-old culture, the region represented a rich aesthetic resource, and it was during these years [1908 - 1913] that he truly discovered it and used it to develop the landscape form that would henceforth define him." Gagnon's ties to Impressionism can be seen in his layering of soft pastels to capture the ephemeral effects of light and delicate colouration in the landscape. He was a master colourist, and the contrast between warm yellow and orange in the houses, sky and reflections in the creek against the cool tones of the snow is exquisite. Gagnon often used yellow in the colouration of the country houses - his rural winter canvas The Yellow House (circa 1912 - 1913), in the collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, is a striking example of this. In The Old House, Charlevoix, Gagnon's eye rested lovingly on the harmony and beauty he saw in the relationship between nature and rural life, expressed through the shimmering effects of light and colour.

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