The Trapper's Cabin
René Richard (1895 - 1982)
The Trapper's Cabin, c. 1955
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on panel
Canadian landscape painter
Artwork dimension: 119,4 x 119,4 cm / 47" x 47" Dimension with frame : 139,7 x 139,7 cm / 55'' x 55''
Signed lower right and dedicated "À mon ami Paul Monet"
"The Trapper's Cabin (circa 1955) reflects the loneliness that subsides when northern travelers meet after long months of isolation in the Nordic region:" I have never met a more hospitable world than these. trappers along the Athabaska, they consider it an insult for a canoeing traveler to go straight ahead without stopping at their cabin.The rest of the travelers are rare in the area. event when it passes one. "3. To the right of the work, the two canoes on the bank not only remind us of this welcome encounter, but they also testify the necessary of dialogue between the trappers and nature. True symbol of territorial discovery, the canoe , privileged method of navigation by Richard, grants him of a close contact with the environment.
The discovery of wide open spaces and the freedom inspired by his travels help to form in Richard's mind an imagery in which he draws tirelessly throughout his artist's career. In his writings, the artist evokes the magnificence of the expanses of water bordered by the dense forests that marked his imagination: "What a paradise in the Nordic isolation! We never forget similar scenes "4. Lovingly nostalgic about his old way of life, the artist began producing impressive works in the 1950s. In the same decade, exhibitions featuring these large Nordic scenes followed one another in galleries of Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Prized by collectors, compositions such as The Trapper's Cabin are among the iconic works of the career of Rene Richard who forged his reputation as a painter of the Great North.
Acquisition consultant in Canadian art at the Cosner Gallery, she is currently completing her Master's degree in Art History at the Université de Montréal.
3. René-Richard fonds, Unpublished memoirs, Baie-Saint-Paul p. 241-242.
4. Ibid., P. 215-216.
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