Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Canadian (1869 - 1937)

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté was a Canadian painter.
Based on records, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté's estimated art value is C$300,000 (*)

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$100,000 - C$500,000, or even much higher.

From records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté (1869-1937) was C$384,000 - paid for "Magdalena (Méditation), 1921" at Cowley Abbott in Toronto on Thu, Jun 8, 2023. has 368 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$100,000 to C$500,000.

Heffel Auction House Biography and Notes

Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté was proud to have been born in the Quebec "village" of Arthabaska (now Victoriaville), and he painted numerous subjects inspired by Arthabaska and its first inhabitants. Upon his return from France – where he had lived on and off since 1891 – Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté spent most of his time as of July 1907 in the Arthabaska studio in his native village. It was here that he found inspiration for the paintings that would establish his fame, local scenes that would be well received nationally. Landscapes, portraits of peasants and genre scenes rendered in oil, charcoal, pastel and sculpture established his reputation, which would only grow with the constant exposure his work received at W. Scott & Sons. The National Gallery of Canada acquired his Settlement on the Hillside in 1909, the same year it was painted, while a collector from Brockville, the Honourable A.C. Hardy, acquired his masterpiece Winter Landscape (in collection of the National Gallery of Canada), also painted in 1909. When in Paris, Suzor-Coté was trained as an academic painter at the École des beaux-arts and at the Académies Julian and Colarossi, and he produced a number of nudes that he could not easily sell in prudish Catholic Quebec. But he also met the landscape painter Henri Harpignies of the Barbizon School, who was a close friend of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Harpignies introduced him to pleinairism, the concept of painting in the open. While he was in France, the main influence Suzor-Coté absorbed was Impressionism. To paint snow was a challenge that French Impressionist Claude Monet took seriously. One of the first snow paintings he ever painted, The Magpie, 1868 – 1869 (in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay), depicted shadows on snow with blue rather than grey. This lesson was well understood by Suzor-Coté, as this canvas clearly attests with the blue shadows on the snow and the glowing sun vibrating through the branches of the trees. This canvas is a loving depiction of Suzor-Coté’s homeland, which fully realizes the idea of "light and matter" suggested in the title of the 2002 retrospective of the painter’s work at the Musée du Québec. Snow, as always, is essential subject matter, and the warm glow of a Canadian winter sunset subtly illuminates each dappled surface.

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