Quebec view from Levis
Robert W. Pilot (1898 - 1967)
Quebec view from Levis , c.1932
Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal
Oil on canvas
Fine Canadian Art
Dimension of the painting: 45,7 cm x 60,9 cm / 18'' x 24'' Dimensions with frame: 60,9 cm x 75,6 cm / 24'' x 29 3/4''
Signed lower right
The Canadian painter Robert Pilot received his very first artistic lessons from his stepfather Maurice Cullen, whom he accompanied on trips to explore drawing techniques. His more academic training will be given by William Brymner in Montreal and then at the Académie Julian in Paris.
Robert Pilot held his first major exhibition in 1927 at the Watson Art Gallery in Montréal. The artist considered to be the last Canadian impressionist painter throughout his career painted Quebec rurality as well as the modernity of urban landscapes.
The works with a view of Quebec from the south shore to Lévis make the painter famous. Here, in the work Vue de Quebec, Robert Pilot bears witness in the foreground to the richness of the nature of the territory through the bright colours of the trees in finely painted in autumn. In the background, the view of Quebec City, with its emblematic Château Frontenac, is painted in the purest impressionist tradition, from where the shapes and colours are more nebulous. It thus captures the atmosphere that the city gives off.
A Vue de Quebec work, from the same point of view, is part of the collection of the Musée des beaux arts de Quebec. Also an engraver, Robert Pilot produced with great talent and with precision engravings of the same subject, which can be found in the National Museum of Fine Arts of Canada and in private collections.
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