An English Montreal School Board’s decision to sell a collection of its paintings from top names in Canadian art history has some of its board members upset.
The collection’s estimated value is $1 Million and it contains 110 pieces. Twelve of the pieces are said to be by A.Y Jackson, a member of the famed Group of Seven. Other artists include Douglas Lawley, the former principal of Westmount High School, Anne Savage and Thoreau MacDonald.
Curator Angelo Komatsoulis reported that most of the paintings have been hanging in the school board’s building. The cost of insurance for the art pieces were said to be costing the foundation too much. The curator said; “We did not yank the paintings off the wall. We approached the school board, we advised them of what direction we were heading. We were applauded for that, and then we proceeded to carry out our recommendation,”
However, school board commissioner Julien Feldman said the decision to auction off the collection should have been made with input from the public. He said; “This collection is the essence of the Anglo community and this discussion needs to take place in the open light, not in the smoky back rooms of the school board.”
Painting: A.Y Jackson- Winter Ste Adele, Quebec