He is a perfect connoisseur of the most subtle pictorial effects achieved by the great masters. Wishing to express his memory of a snowstorm in Cobourg, Ontario, he refers to Monet. The impressionistic treatment of snow and ice leaves a tiny place for colored spots that gradually take on a prominent role during a prolonged vision.
This oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm painted in London in 1994 is titled Coburg three plus one more. It is estimated £ 8M for sale by Christie's in London on March 7, lot 20. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
The snow falls in heavy flakes on the small lake of Cobourg. It veils a scenery divided into three horizontal blocks without perspective as an abstraction by Rothko. This screen which can not be perceived as static distorts the evaluation of the distances, and the four hardly sketched characters who walk through in that chilly day acquire a vibration that focuses all the attention.
On a flat canvas of large size, Doig offers by abolishing the perspective the effect of presence so much sought by Rothko in his abstract compositions. His pattern of snow flakes has the same role as the trees that hinder the vision of buildings in other compositions of the same period such as The Architect's home in the ravine or Cabin Essence.
SOLD for £ 12.7M including premium