HAL ROSS PERRIGARD, A.R.C.A.
Private Collection, Montreal
Crystal S. Parsons, Maurice Cullen and His Circle, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2009.
The Canadian National Exhibition, 1921
In Snowpeak Avenue, it is hard to ignore the evocative play of light across the canvas. Hal Ross Perrigard’s emphasis on light was likely due to the influence of his instructors at the Art Association of Montreal, Maurice Cullen and William Brymner, who had studied in Paris during the height of Impressionism. Among the many students who attended classes under Cullen and Brymner were Prudence Heward and Anne Savage, who formed the Beaver Hall Group in 1920, alongside A.Y. Jackson and Edwin Holgate. Though the group was short-lived, Perrigard was included in their first official exhibition in January 1921.