Lot # 104
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Robert Wakeham Pilot
CGP OSA PRCA 1898 - 1967 Canadian

Citadel from Quebec
oil on canvas
signed
21 x 28 in  53.3 x 71.1cm

Provenance:
G. Blair Laing Limited, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
T.R. MacDonald and Harold Beament, Robert W. Pilot Retrospective, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1968, a similar work entitled The Ferry Landing reproduced page 12

It seems hard to believe today that the arrival of Impressionism in Canada in the early 1890s was initially met with resistance by collectors and critics. However, by the time Robert Pilot began to paint in this style, this new concept of art and beauty had been embraced. His subjects were not the standard ones of the French, such as sun-drenched haystacks and dappled outdoor cafés – his scenes often depicted Quebec’s cities and countryside cloaked in frost and snow. His atmospheres were composed of cool winter light, ice mists and drifting snowflakes. Here we see an exquisite, delicate palette of pastel tones in the snow and sky, with tints of mauve, pink, grey and blue. Green streaks suggest the tracks of the horse-drawn carts and give definition to the snowy ground. This is a classic scene for Pilot - a view of Quebec City’s citadel from the far shore, with a ferry at dock in the foreground. The painting is a superb example of this subject, with billowing clouds, softly piled snow and the undulating trail of smoke rising from the boat adding to the marvellous sense of atmosphere.

Available for post auction sale.
Price: $85,250 CAD

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