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LOT 125

Maurice Galbraith Cullen
1866 - 1934

Evening Light - Ste. Marguerite
oil on canvas
signed and titled on a plaque and on verso certified by the Cullen inventory #1323
24 x 32 1/4 in 61 x 81.9 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $67,250

Preview at:

Laing Galleries, Toronto, 1959
Private Collection, Toronto

A.Y. Jackson, A Painter’s Country: The Autobiography of A.Y. Jackson, 1958, pages 15 and 16

Canadian Impressionist Maurice Cullen influenced many younger artists, and A.Y. Jackson, who was a bridge between Impressionism and the Group of Seven, wrote, “It was through Cullen and Morrice that we in Montreal first became aware of the fresh and invigorating movements going on in the art circles of France…To us he was a hero.” The Laurentians were an important painting place for Cullen, and in 1922 he built a cabin on Lac Tremblant. His depictions of wilderness scenes in winter along waterways such as the Cache, the Diable and the Rivière du Nord are legendary. He understood northern light and colour intimately from his treks through the countryside, and he displayed a consummate use of icy blues in shadowed snow on riverbanks and green and amber tones in thawing ice. Cullen’s inclusion of the bridge, the stairway to the river and habitations on the banks infuses this wintery scene with the warmth of human presence, and his contrast between the darkened river valley with its glowing snow shot through with pale pastels and the hills behind, lit by the sun and radiant with tones of pink and gold, is exquisite.

Numerous works by Cullen are included in the exhibition Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons, currently on at the Kunsthalle München in Germany until November 2019. The show will travel to the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Switzerland and Musée Fabre in France in 2020, then on to the National Gallery of Canada in the fall of 2020.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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