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LOT 113

Robert Wakeham Pilot
CGP OSA PRCA
1898 - 1967
Canadian

Quebec Winter Twilight
oil on canvas
signed
19 x 24 in 48.3 x 61 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Design Exchange

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Alberta

LITERATURE
Paul Duval, Canadian Impressionism, 1990, page 138


Paul Duval wrote that Robert Pilot “was a master of twilight, that transient time of day when artificial lamps and natural light are joined in the same vibration. That insubstantial effect is at its most magical in winter, when the dominant fields of white reflect both light sources, placing every form within an identical tonal fabric.” Duval’s comments apply especially to this work, in which this expert Impressionist depicts a Quebec town bordering on the St. Lawrence River with a soft ambience. Taupes, greens and oranges of the houses, whose lights glimmer from the windows, are engulfed by the gathering blue of twilight. His handling of snow is masterful, from the light snow settled on rooftops to the snow lying on ice pans in the river. The boat pulling away, with grey vapours rising from its smokestack, was a favoured motif of the artist. In Quebec Winter Twilight, Pilot captured a spellbinding sense of timelessness.


Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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