LOT 114

1898 - 1967

Old Houses, Quebec
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1955
28 x 22 in, 71.1 x 55.9 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Sold for: $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection
Sold sale of Important Canadian Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours, Books and Prints of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Sotheby's & Co. (Canada) Ltd., May 12, 1975, lot 46
Private Collection, Florida

Robert Pilot was the last important Canadian Impressionist artist. He traveled to Paris in 1920 to study at the Académie Julian and was strongly influenced by his stepfather, the Impressionist Maurice Cullen. Pilot painted in Quebec City, Montreal and outlying towns, depicting urban scenes that ranged from monuments and prominent landmarks to traditional neighbourhoods such as this one. In this view, Pilot has chosen a remarkable perspective looking at successive layers of buildings set at interesting angles to each other. Although the neighbourhood is dense, Pilot opens up the work with his vantage point from a terrace, forming a kind of window into the congregation of old houses. Pilot’s sensitivity to atmosphere is fully present, and he illuminates the buildings with an overall soft and even light from a delicate mauve sky, with the white snow settled along ledges and roofs acting as another light source. His colour palette, with its subtle tones of beige, taupe, ochre, grey and mauve, is quite exquisite. Pilot pulls our attention into the central buildings with colour accents of golden brown and red, suggesting the warm presence of their inhabitants.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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