Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
JOHN LITTLE, R.C.A
Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal, QC;
Private Collection, Arlington, VA
Situated in the then-working-class neighbourhood of Saint-Henri, Little turns his gaze to Chez Ma Tante (“At my aunt’s house”). While there is a much-beloved Chez Ma Tante hot dog restaurant still extant in the north end of the city—having been established in 1929— Little’s subject is located in the southeastern part of the city. It is more than likely that as with the majority of Little’s chosen subjects, the building in question was at risk of imminent demolition. Indeed, no street bears the name of Fulford today—city records appear to indicate that it was demolished in order to build the Ville Marie Expressway.
Alan Klinkhoff Gallery’s superb monograph on the artist notes that Little loved the Griffintown, Pointe St. Charles, Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy neighbourhoods, which “for Little represent the vitality of Montreal and the essences of city life. They are far removed from the “prosaic” lifestyle of his lawns and houses of the Town of Mount Royal. Those are the areas where Little went looking for great composition.”
Alan Klinkhoff, John Little: City Life From 1951 (Alan Klinkhoff Gallery: Toronto, 2017), 56.
Very good condition.
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