Lot # 126
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Robert Wakeham Pilot
CGP OSA PRCA 1898 - 1967 Canadian

Quebec in Winter
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1938 on the gallery label and inscribed "15976" and "5449A"
28 x 36 in  71.1 x 91.4cm

Provenance:
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Canadian Fine Art, Joyner / Waddington's, May 27, 2008, lot 55
Private Collection, Toronto

In a line of painters working in an Impressionist style in Canada, such as Maurice Cullen and James Wilson Morrice, Robert Pilot was the last important painter to follow this movement. His sensitive handling of atmosphere was outstanding, as seen here in the cool winter light filtered through dappled clouds that evenly suffuses the scene. This is a classic scene for Pilot – the view from above Dufferin Terrace, Quebec City, to Lévis, across the St. Lawrence River - and includes one of Pilot’s favourite motifs, the charming gazebo on the terrace. In scenes such as this, his depiction of the urban life of old Quebec captures a nostalgic feeling of another era. Pilot expunged cars; what was important to him was the historic architecture, the expansive view, and the life of the people who were enjoying themselves strolling along the walkway and playing in the snow. Pilot’s handling of snow is masterful – in the textures of slush on the road and the light layer of snow coating the scene and softly melting at the edges, he captures the distinctive look of winter in Quebec.

Estimate: $60,000 ~ $80,000 CAD  
Sold for: $85,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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