Rue St-Hubert vers Marie-Anne au printemps
Rue St-Hubert vers Marie-Anne au printemps , 1981
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on canvas
61 cm x 76,2 cm / 24'' x 30''
Signed lower right, signed, titled and dated on verso
John Little painted many times the streets of Montreal's southwestern neighborhoods, but also the streets of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood. Urban landscape of Montreal in Spring. Montreal city street scene. John Little was able to paint Montreal's popular neighborhoods with great realism.
These so-called duplex and triplex houses with exterior staircases so characteristic of Quebec's metropolis were built from 1920 to 1940. At that time, a large number of rural inhabitants migrated to the city to find work. Faced with this influx, the city has no choice but to build houses quickly while maximizing space.
These homes often called shoe boxes with their portico directly on the sidewalk. Authorities seeing the lack of greenery then requires a square of grass in front of each building. Not wanting to sacrifice the interior space, this is how the stairs came to be built outside.
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