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Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
Fall 2016 - 3rd Session Live auction

Lot # 124

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
AAM RCA 1866 - 1934 Canadian

Evening, Quebec
oil on canvas on board
signed and dated 1896 and on verso titled Evening Near Chambly and dated 1895 on the gallery label and certified by Cullen inventory #2000
18 x 32 in  45.7 x 81.3cm

Provenance:
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
Hughes de Jouvancourt, Maurice Cullen, 1978, a similar 1896 oil entitled Winter Marsh, Quebec reproduced page xii
Sylvia Antoniou, Maurice Cullen, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1982, page 9

Early in 1895, Maurice Cullen was living in Paris, where his exposure to French Impressionism had heightened his sensitivity to light and colour. He was so well regarded in France that he was elected an associate of the Société nationale des beaux-arts. However, Cullen longed to return to Canada, and later that year he arrived in Montreal. He showed his work in a rented store on St. Catherine Street, and in January of 1896 a critic for the Montreal Gazette noted: "Three of his paintings which hung in last year's Paris Salon and two of the former year's salon, are exhibited. They are, indeed, exquisite bits of work." This studio canvas is a consummate example of Cullen's Impressionist sensitivities to light and colour. Although he did not use the fractured brush-stroke of this movement, preferring a more solid paint application, Evening, Quebec is an Impressionist feast of pastel tones, from pink to pale ice blue. Through his teaching, with his emphasis on plein air painting, and through the example of his impressive body of work, Cullen was an important early influence on painters in Canada.

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

Sold For: $23,600.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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