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Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
Spring 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 157

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
AAM RCA 1866 - 1934 Canadian

A Bend in the River
oil on board circa 1925
signed and on verso titled on a partial Watson Art Galleries label and certified by Cullen Inventory #1125
12 x 16 in  30.5 x 40.6cm

Provenance:
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
By descent to a Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2006, lot 25
Private Collection, Vancouver

Exhibited:
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal, January 1925, catalogue #51

Maurice Cullen was part of an early group of Canadian artists who congregated in Paris in the 1800s. Cullen arrived in 1888, and during his time there he associated with James Wilson Morrice, Edmund Morris and William Brymner. This loose association of artists traveled and painted together at times, attended informal gatherings of expatriate Quebec artists in Paris that they called La Boucane, and maintained lifelong contacts. Back in Montreal in 1896, Cullen began to paint his own province, exploring the Lower St. Lawrence, and the awareness of light and atmospheric effects that he had absorbed in France was now transformed by the clear light of the Quebec landscape. By the 1920s, he had devoted himself to depicting the Laurentians, the location of this classic winter work. Undaunted by painting in the cold, dealing with stiffening paint and freezing fingers, he continued to paint the beauty of stunning scenes such as this, with its ice-edged winter stream and snowy forest, backed by the smoky blue Laurentian Mountains.

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

Sold For: $34,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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