LOT 141

1898 - 1967

Winter, View at Lévis, P.Q.
oil on panel
on verso signed, titled, dated 1920 and inscribed "Houses below Cape Diamond, Quebec" on the Galerie Walter Klinkhoff label
4 1/4 x 7 1/2 in 10.8 x 19.1 cm

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Calgary

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, pages 15 and 16
Sylvia Antoniou, Maurice Cullen, 1866–1934, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1982, the 1909 canvas Cape Diamond, collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, reproduced page 70

Robert Pilot was known as Canada’s last Impressionist painter, renowned for his atmospheric paintings of Quebec. His stepfather was Impressionist Maurice Cullen, whom A.Y. Jackson called a hero for his espousal of modern French styles and plein air painting. Jackson stated, “His paintings of Quebec City, from Lévis and along the river, are among the most distinguished works produced in Canada.” Pilot accompanied Cullen on sketching trips, and his influence can be seen in this exquisite pochade, which is a similar view to the one seen in Cullen’s canvas Cape Diamond, from 1909. Executed on the spot, this exceptional composition, seen from a vantage point on the side of the hill at Cape Diamond, shows the town of Lévis and the view across the St. Lawrence River to the opposite shore. Pilot’s brushwork is fluid and sure, laying down the essential elements of the scene. The colouration of this work, with its brightly painted houses and many delicate hues in the snow and ice, is gorgeous, and the atmosphere is fresh and bright. The town of Lévis was one of Pilot’s favourite subjects, and among his views from the area, this is a gem.

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

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