LOT 144

1898 - 1967

Quebec City from Lévis
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1920 and on verso signed
28 1/4 x 36 1/2 in, 71.8 x 92.7 cm

Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000 CAD

Sold for: $337,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist by Robert Lindsay (1855 - 1931), a Montreal stockbroker
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Robert Pilot was painting a generation later than early Canadian Impressionists such as James Wilson Morrice (whose work influenced him), and he was considered the last significant artist working in this style in Canada. Pilot was invited to show in the first Group of Seven exhibition in 1920, but differed philosophically from the Group’s nationalist approach. He had a poetic nature, and his work was lyrical and romantic, particularly in exquisite scenes such as this. This superb large canvas is an exceptional example of one of Pilot’s most renowned themes – the historic buildings and fortified walls of Quebec City seen from Lévis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. With its delicate light and rich and subtle palette, Quebec City from Lévis fully embodies Pilot’s impressionist approach. On the far shore, structures are seen through a gossamer haze, while on the near shore, the characteristic traditional Quebec houses with their dormer windows and mansard roofs emerge in clearer focus. Pilot was a superb colourist, and in this work he used both cool and warm pastel tones throughout, suffusing the scene with a golden glow that adds to the richly atmospheric effect.

Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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