LOT 116

1866 - 1934

Sunny Day, Île d'Orléans
oil on canvas
signed and dated indistinctly and on verso certified by the Cullen Inventory #639
18 x 21 3/4 in, 45.7 x 55.2 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $22,500

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Private Collection, Montreal
By descent to a Private Collection, Ontario
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 25, 2006, lot 72
Private Collection, Vancouver

Maurice Cullen studied art in Paris, and he returned to Canada a convert to the Impressionist movement. After his return to Montreal in 1895, he traveled constantly between Quebec City and Montreal. He became a familiar figure sketching out of doors in Lévis, across the St. Lawrence River, and on Île d'Orléans, east of Quebec City. In 1899, Cullen spent the summer around the village of Beaupré, also sketching at Île d'Orléans, a microcosm of traditional French culture. He had friends there and also visited resident artist Horatio Walker. Cullen was also known to have sketched at Île d'Orléans with internationally renowned Canadian Impressionist James Wilson Morrice when the latter was in Quebec. In this glorious autumn scene, Cullen shows his absorption of Impressionist tenets in his depiction of light and the softly painted autumn leaves. He did not employ the fractured brush-stroke and fragmentation of colour used by the French Impressionists, instead preferring a more solid paint treatment in which light and colour did not disintegrate form. In this shining work, sunlight rakes across the landscape, casting pools of yellow in the grass and illuminating the central tree, whose golden glow creates a sublime incandescence.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

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