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LOT 124

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
1866 - 1934

Spring, The Cache River, Mount Tremblant, Quebec
oil on canvas, circa 1928
signed and on verso titled and certified by the Cullen Inventory #1566
25 3/4 x 36 1/4 in 65.4 x 92.1 cm

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

Sold for: $67,250

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Presented to Jackson Dodds by his friends at the Bank of Montreal, April 1942
Private Collection, Nova Scotia
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2006, lot 24
Private Collection, Toronto

Paul Duval, Canadian Impressionism, 1990, page 42

Maurice Cullen is one of Canada’s great Impressionist painters, having been exposed to this important movement through his training in France at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian, where he absorbed the freshness of the Impressionist palette and techniques. Cullen had a profound connection to the Laurentians, and established a cabin on the shore of Lac Tremblant in the early 1920s so that he could paint there. Paul Duval writes that the Laurentians were Cullen's "first and final love...He spent much of his life in the Laurentians, mostly alone in winter, studying and painting the pristine light and forms of a virgin world...Cullen’s attachment to Lac Tremblant and the Cache River that emptied into it was as passionate as that of Monet’s to Giverny.” Cullen often painted the Cache River, and this fine winter scene with deep water and delicately coloured tones in the ice and snow is wrapped in the dramatic, brooding quality of the surrounding landscape. There is no human presence in these works, other than Cullen’s reverent eye communicating his profound experience.

Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000

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