Edward John Hughes, BCFSA CGP RCA (Canadian, 1913-2007)
Saseenos Hilltop signed and dated 'E.J.HUGHES '56' (lower left) signed titled and dated '1956' on the stretcher on reverse oil on canvas 63.5 x 81.3cm (25 x 32in).
Provenance: With Dominion Gallery, Montreal Private collection, Ontario
Note: Thom records that in 1951 having just discovered Hughes while visiting Vancouver on business, Max Stern, proprietor of the Dominion Gallery in Montreal : "...contracted to purchase all of (Hughes') paintings and bought everything then available in his studio." Stern was captivated by Hughes landscapes which he said "seemed to bridge time and space for me." In describing a related painting from the 1950s, now in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Thom could easily be describing this lot when he writes "One of the challenges is that (the composition) has no obvious subject, no people, no boats. There is nothing... to distract us from the realities of the painting. Everything depends on the artist's ability to convey a convincing sense of the plants, the logs ... and the ocean itself. Thom continues by noting that: "For Hughes himself, there is nothing beyond the physical nature of the subject matter, but this quality of concentration on the banal facts of the subject is, in the final work, transcended."
Saseenos is located on Vancouver Island, west of Victoria en route to Sooke.
Reference: Ian M. Thom, E.J. Hughes, Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, 2002, page 87-88, 113.