LOT 145

1898 - 1967

St-Jovite, Quebec
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled on the gallery label
21 x 28 in, 53.3 x 71.1 cm

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

Sold for: $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Collection of François Dupré, Montreal
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2011, lot 128
Private Collection, Vancouver

Robert Pilot is lauded for his atmospheric views of Quebec. Pilot solidified his affinity with Impressionism while studying in Paris in 1920, a trip funded by a philanthropic Montreal businessman. A protegé of his stepfather Maurice Cullen, Pilot painted with him, and on his return to Canada settled into Cullen’s old studio on rue Sainte-Famille in Montreal. From this base, Pilot made sketching trips to the Laurentians, the country around Baie-Saint-Paul and Quebec City.

In St-Jovite, Quebec, his normally muted palette of mauve, grey and soft blue is warmed by orange and ochre with notes of red. His use of delicate, misty effects in the background in the church steeple and a distant hill exhibits his expertise with insubstantial light effects, in particular the unique and subtle illumination of a Canadian winter. With its glowing sky, reflections in the water and mood of quietude, St-Jovite, Quebec memorably embodies Pilot’s sensitive and romantic lyricism.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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