Heffel’s Fall Fine Art Auction held November 24, 2005 at Toronto’s
Park Hyatt Hotel is the highest fine art auction in Canadian History!
The 242 lots auctioned sold for a record of $12.4 million, beating the
previous Canadian fine art auction sales record of $8.49 million, set
by Heffel in their 2004 fall auction.
The big seller of the night was a major oil on canvas by Maurice Cullen
– “The Bird Shop, St. Lawrence Street”, bringing in
a $1.495 million ($1.3 million hammer plus a 15% buyers premium).
The Bird Shop, St. Lawrence Street
Maurice Cullen’s influence on later Canadian landscape art was
profound. His significance to his peers was expressed by such important
artists as A.Y. Jackson, who said “He influenced us (The Group of
Seven) more than Morrice did”, and Clarence Gagnon stated that Cullen
was “far ahead of his time in our country”. Arthur Lismer
credited Cullen with teaching him how to paint snow.
Cullen was one of the earliest artists to bring an impressionist palette
and technique to the Canadian landscape. He worked in pastel throughout
his life and was known for his mastery of this medium.
To view Cullen’s images available through Northland Art Company
(NAC), and read his biography, browse our Gallery by Artist.