Rue D'Artigny, Québec
John Little (1928 - -)
Rue D'Artigny, Québec, 1961
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on canvas
Post-War Canadian art
55,8 cm x 76,2 cm / 22'' x 30''
Signed and dated 61 lower right
Throughout his career, John Little layered on canvas works that allow viewers to immerse themselves in their memories. Sensitive and nostalgic, Little uses colors that reflect the atmosphere of snow-covered popular neighborhoods of the past. Attention to detail such as power poles and vintage cars help to make his work a true visual record of the 1960s urban landscape.
John Little is considered one of the most important figurative painters of urban life in Quebec. During his career, he has represented the urban landscape of Montreal and Quebec City with remarkable pictorial skill. His attention to architectural detail and his great qualities as a draftsman allow him to create compositions that reflect a bygone era. In an interview in 1961, John Little spoke about the major changes and demolition projects taking place in the cities of Montreal and Quebec:If we knock down all our old builiding and neighborhoods, we will become a people without a past . […] It’s like tearing up the family album », Maclean’s, « A Fond last Look at Montreal », 6 mai 1961, p.13.
For the work Rue d'Artigny Quebec, 1961, Little evokes a time when children used to go out on the streets to play hockey by proudly putting on their favorite team shirt. In 1961, John Little's reputation was firmly established in Montreal. The artist exhibits at the Watson Gallery, the Walter Klinkhoff Gallery and the French Art Gallery. Also, the same year, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.
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