LOT 105

1898 - 1967

Quebec from Lévis
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated 1923 and inscribed "$40.00"
9 3/4 x 13 5/8 in, 24.8 x 34.6 cm

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

Sold for: $46,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Loch Mayberry Fine Art Inc., Winnipeg
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton
Private Collection, Edmonton
Sold sale of Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, Lot # 105
Private Collection, Vancouver

A.K. Prakash, Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery, 2015, a similar 1925 work entitled La Traverse, Québec reproduced page 632, the 1924 canvas entitled Quebec from Lévis reproduced page 634, and the 1933 canvas entitled Twilight, Lévis, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, reproduced page 637

A prominent figure in Canadian Impressionism, Robert Pilot was initially shaped by influences from his stepfather, artist Maurice Cullen, and internationally renowned artist James Wilson Morrice, as well as his travels in France, where he spent two years. This extraordinary oil sketch depicts an iconic locale—the ferry dock at Lévis across from Quebec City—in the 1920s, showing horse-drawn cabs waiting for passengers to disembark. This was a scene Pilot was compelled to paint in a number of fine oil sketches and canvases, such as the exceptional canvas entitled Twilight, Lévis, with its panoramic view from the ferry dock to Quebec City across the St. Lawrence River, in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Pilot was well known for his sensitive handling of atmospheric effects in winter, from darkening twilight to the sunlit day we see here, with bright snow contrasted with blue shadows cast by the horses and sleighs. Pilot defines his scene with broad, loaded brush-strokes, building a rich, textural surface. In Quebec from Lévis, Pilot conveyed, with great warmth and sensitivity, a way of life that has now disappeared.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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