Logger Talking with Peasant Woman
Frederick S. Coburn (1871 - 1960)
Logger Talking with Peasant Woman, 1929
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on canvas
Fine Canadian Art
26,5'' x 23,5'' / 67 x 59,7 cm
Signed and dated 1929 lower left
In 1913, following several book illustration projects in Canada and the United States, the artist Frederick Coburn set up his studio in Upper Melbourne in Estrie, Qc. The same year, he met the painter Maurice Cullen. Together, they undertake a trip through Quebec to produce compositions reflecting the unique nature of Quebec's winter. Under the wise guidance and influence of Cullen, Frederick Coburn strives to represent local subjects and snowy landscapes. The 1920s marked a revival in Coburn's artistic production. Its palette of bright colors, the treatment of light and the atmosphere that emanates from its rural scenes are pleasantly welcomed by the public. In the following years, the painter achieved significant commercial success, notably with his exhibitions at the Stevens Art Gallery in Montreal.
Subsequently, the artist makes many variations on the theme of winter and everyday life in the Eastern Townships. The scenes of encounters between locals, such as Logger Talking with Peasant Woman, 1929, are among Coburn's favorite subjects.
In 1929, the painter was awarded the Jessie Dow Prize and was awarded to the Royal Canadian Academy (A.R.C.)
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