Robert W. Pilot (1898 - 1967)
Moonlight Effect, 1919
Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal
Oil on panel
Fine Canadian Art
14 cm x 17,8 cm / 5 1/2" x 7"
Signed and dated 1919 lower left
Robert W. Pilot's family moved to Montreal after his widowed mother married the painter Maurice Cullen in 1910. Pilot was fascinated by what he saw in his father-in-law's studio. He attends evening drawing classes at the Royal Canadian Academy and escapes, on weekends, with Cullen to paint landscapes. At the age of just 17, in 1915, a solo exhibition was a great success - all his works were sold. He then benefits from the support of a patron who will allow him to study full-time at the renowned school of the Art Association of Montreal. His projects were interrupted by the First World War and he left Canada as a soldier from 1916 to 1918. On his return, he resumed his studies in 1919.
"Moonlight Effect" therefore dates from this period, when the artist was barely 21 years old.
In the 1920s, he returned to Europe and between visits to the museum where he studied the great artistic movements (Impressionists, Fauvism, Expressionism and even Cubism), he decided to perfect his technique in the impressionist style, acquired from his beginnings in contact with Maurice Cullen. Pilot is considered the last great master of the Canadian Impressionist movement.
Source: "Impressionnism in Canada, A Journey of Rediscovery", A.K. Praskash, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Toronto, 2015.
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