ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT, P.R.C.A.
Private Collection, Ontario
Crystal S. Parsons, Maurice Cullen and His Circle, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2009, page 15.
One of Pilot’s most important artistic influences was his stepfather, Maurice Cullen. As a child, he often spent time sketching in Cullen’s Montreal studio and when he was thirteen, confessed to Cullen his dream of becoming a painter. After some consideration, Cullen responded: “Well, you won’t make any money but you’ll have a happy life.” Like Cullen, Pilot also trained in Paris, but unlike his stepfather he developed a much brighter, vividly-coloured palette. His landscapes often feature daring strokes of undiluted orange, blue, and green, perfectly captured in Farm in Autumn.