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Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
Spring 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 156

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
AAM RCA 1866 - 1934 Canadian

The Air Hole
oil on canvas 1922
signed and on verso titled on the Watson Art Galleries label and certified by Cullen Inventory #1293
22 x 28 in  55.9 x 71.1cm

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Dr. Léo Pariseau, Montreal
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, pages 15 – 16

The Arts Club, Paintings by Maurice Cullen, RCA, Montreal, May 8 - 26, 1922

Maurice Cullen was a Canadian Impressionist who evinced the admiration of fellow Impressionist James Wilson Morrice and influenced many younger artists through his teaching. A.Y. Jackson, who was a bridge between Impressionism and the Group of Seven, wrote, “It was through Cullen and Morrice that we in Montreal first became aware of the fresh and invigorating movements going on in the art circles of France…To us he was a hero.” The Laurentians were an important painting place for Cullen, and in 1922 he built a cabin there on Lac Tremblant. His depictions of wilderness scenes in winter along the Cache, the Diable and the Rivière du Nord are legendary. He understood northern light and colour intimately from his treks through the countryside, and his use of icy blues in shadowed snow and ice banks and green and amber tones in thawing ice was exquisite. The Air Hole is an outstanding example of his Laurentians paintings, with its contrast of glowing snow against the darkness of the river water and the woods, through which rises the deep cobalt of mountains.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $18,750.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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