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Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 Live auction

Lot # 060

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
AAM RCA 1866 - 1934 Canadian

Rivière du Diable près du Mont-Tremblant
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled and certified by Cullen Inventory #1176
24 1/4 x 32 1/4 in  61.6 x 81.9cm

Provenance:
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Dominion Gallery, Montreal
The Reader's Digest Collection

Exhibited:
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal, 8th Annual Exhibition of Oil Painting and Pastels by Maurice Cullen RCA, 1930, as The Devil River Near St. Jovite
École des beaux-arts de Montréal, Retrospective des oeuvres de Maurice Cullen, tenue sous les auspices du gouvernement de la province de Québec, 1930, as The Devil River Near St. Jovite
Watson Art Galleries, Montreal, 11th Annual Exhibition of Oil Painting and Pastels by Maurice Cullen RCA, 1933, as The Devil River Near St. Jovite
The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Maurice Cullen, 1965, catalogue #5, The Reader’s Digest Collection

Maurice Cullen’s sensitive engagement with the landscape image spanned his entire career, and his ability to convey the full sensory dimension of any environment without succumbing to narrative intent renders his work remarkable for its time. Cullen first traveled to Paris in 1888 where he studied at the Académie Julian and slowly fell under the influence of the Impressionist school. By the early 1900s he had achieved recognition in his native Canada with canvases that demonstrated his fluency as an Impressionist painter by eloquently evoking the atmospheric variations of both cityscapes and rural scenes. His painterly compositions, despite their emphasis on light, colour and air, are nonetheless more than mere formal explorations of pictorial elements. The artist’s empathic response to nature, derived in part from his own felt experience of painting en plein air, serves to convey a living, breathing landscape, at once ephemeral and enduring.

Rivière du Diable près du Mont-Tremblant is a superb example of the pristine winterscapes that were Cullen’s focus from 1923 onwards. This great series of Laurentian landscapes produced while at his cabin at Lac Tremblant generated considerable public and critical attention at RCA and AAM Spring exhibitions, as well as at William Watson’s Art Gallery on Sherbrooke Street West where they were regularly shown. In its subtlety of design and transient luminosity, Rivière du Diable près du Mont-Tremblant evokes the stirring solitude of the Canadian landscape, and illustrates Maurice Cullen’s great genius at conveying the fleeting grandeur of nature with extraordinary grace and simplicity.

Estimate: $60,000 ~ $80,000 CAD

Sold For: $207,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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