Rue St-Urbain d'autrefois

Written on verso: "from old sketch" and "St-Urbain street in the days of the youthful Duddy Kravitz, Murph Chamberlain, Glen Harmon, Maurice Richard, Phil Watson, Mike McMahon, Léo Lamoureux, Ray Getliffe, Bill Durnan, Joe Blake, Butch Bouchard, Buddy O'Connor, Bobby Filion"

John Little’s work, titled Saint-Urbain d 39; Formerly, plunges us into the heart of the daily life of Montreal. The artist designs her composition so that the viewer is in the center of the sidewalk as if they were an integral part of the scene. This gives the impression that in a few steps we can approach the little boy in the hockey jersey who is impatient in front of his mother talking a neighbour. 

At the back of the composition, on the left is the Church of St. Michael the Archangel with Byzantine architecture and which is located at the corner of rue St-Viateur. Now known as the Mile-End, this district was frequented at the beginning of the 20th century by the Irish community and then by Polish arrivals.

John Little has created works rich in architectural and cultural detail that are imbued with nostalgia and affection for his city. 

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John Little (1928 - -)

Rue St-Urbain d'autrefois, 1980

  • Gallery

    Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Time

    Post-War Canadian art

  • Dimensions

    Artwork dimensions : 61 x 99 cm / 24'' x 30'' Dimensions with framet: 81,2 x 96,5 cm / 32'' x 38''

  • Signed

    Signed lower right, signed, titled and dated on verso

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