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LOT 613

1898 - 1967

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

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000 CAD

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Private Collection, Alberta
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, July 15, 2020, lot 113
A Prominent Quebec City Collection

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.

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