ALBERT HENRY ROBINSON, R.C.A.
QUEBEC VILLAGE STREET
oil on panel
signed; titled to gallery label on the reverse
11.5 ins x 13 ins; 29.2 cms x 33 cms
Albert Henry Robinson was one of three artists invited to exhibit at the first Group of Seven show in 1920. The other two guest artists were Stanley Hewton and Robinson’s good friend Robert Pilot. Born in Hamilton, Robinson moved to Montreal in 1908 and began painting around the harbour and in the surrounding villages. He travelled to France with A.Y. Jackson in 1911 sketching Brittany and the U.K. He paused his artistic practice to work in a munitions factory throughout the First World War and in 1933 had to stop painting all-together after experiencing a serious heart issue. This means there are only about twenty years worth of work from this highly sought after artist who so joyously painted his adopted province of Quebec in soft, high-key tones with a very modernist eye for both shape and colour. In Fishing Boats we have an example of his work around harbours and in all likelihood this is Westminster from the Thames on a smoggy London day from his sketching trip with Jackson. In Quebec Village Street a typical Quebec village with a sled full of logs trailing by on the main road that is overlooked by a large church on a hill.
Continental Galleries, Montreal
Private Collection, Victoria, BC