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LOT 149

1898 - 1967

The Skating Rink, Dufferin Terrace
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1948 and on verso titled and inscribed "Exhibition 49" on the gallery label
24 x 32 1/8 in 61 x 81.6 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $109,250

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Prominent Private Collection, Montreal

Few artists have captured the unique urban life of Old Quebec quite as skilfully as Robert Pilot. His depictions of the capital of “la belle province” capture a nostalgic feeling of another era, and they abound with delightful details that express the active life of the city. The Skating Rink, Dufferin Terrace is a classic composition by Pilot: a view onto the Dufferin terrace with old buildings in the background, including what is now the United States consulate, and farther back, the Citadelle of Quebec. One can imagine the Château Frontenac farther to the right, just outside of the composition. This work includes one of Pilot’s favourite motifs, the charming gazebo on the terrace. The lively figures are enjoying some of the city’s traditional winter activities, with the skating rink and triple-chute toboggan on the left-hand side – an iconic attraction of the area. Pilot’s handling of the snow and the atmospheric light is masterful here. The slight variations of texture and colour of the slush on the ground and layers of snow on the rooftops, as well as the cool winter light that evenly suffuses the scene, capture the distinctive look of winter in Quebec.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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