LOT 140

1866 - 1934

First Snow, Cache River
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled The Cache River, November and dated 1924 on the gallery label and certified by the Cullen Inventory #1585
18 1/4 x 24 1/8 in 46.3 x 61.3 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2011, lot 193
Galerie Eric Klinkhoff, Montreal
Private Collection, Vancouver

Watson Art Gallery, Montreal, January 1925, catalogue #38, titled as The Cache River, November, catalogue #38

Maurice Cullen is one of Canada’s finest Impressionist painters. His profound connection with Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains led him to build a studio cabin on the shore of Lac Tremblant in the early 1920s. Laurentian rivers in winter, and particularly the Cache, were among Cullen’s important and enduring themes. His mastery of colour and atmosphere is in full flower in this beautiful painting. Winter sun bathes the scene with warm light, contrasted with dark reflections in the river. Although cloaked in snow, the scene is brightened with vivacious warm hues – parting clouds are tinted with pink and yellow, while pink, red and coral glow in the low bushes on the far bank. Cool highlights of emerald and bright blue glimmer in the trees, and the river’s icy edges are exquisitely rendered with soft teal. First Snow, Cache River is a winter feast of colour, one of Cullen’s outstanding portrayals of the majesty of winter in the Laurentians.

This work is a larger version of a 1925 oil entitled The Cache River, November, lot 168, sold in Heffel’s spring 2011 sale of Fine Canadian Art.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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