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Robert Wakeham Pilot

Robert Wakeham Pilot

Robert Wakeham Pilot
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 158

Robert Wakeham Pilot
CGP OSA PRCA 1898 - 1967 Canadian

View of Quebec City
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled on a label
16 1/8 x 20 in  41 x 50.8cm

Peter Ohler Fine Arts Ltd., Vancouver
By descent to the present Private Collection, Calgary

During his time in France, Robert Pilot studied at the Académie Julian in Paris in 1920, and in 1921 painted at the artists’ colony of Concarneau in Brittany. On his return to Canada, he applied the tenets of French Impressionism to his Quebec paintings. Pilot was invited to show in the first Group of Seven exhibition, in 1920, but differed philosophically from the Group’s nationalist approach. He was not interested in espousing causes, but continued to paint lyrical images of old Quebec such as we see here. This view of the ramparts of Quebec City from the far shore was an iconic subject for Pilot; it includes such classic elements as the ferry from Lévis steaming across the St. Lawrence River and distant hills cloaked in a subtle mistiness.

Pilot enjoyed success during his life - his work was handled by respected dealers William Watson Galleries and Laing Galleries. In 1953 he received the British Coronation Medal and was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Design. In 1968 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts held a retrospective of his work that traveled to the National Gallery of Canada.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $25,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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