Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
JOHN LITTLE, R.C.A
Private Collection, British Columbia
Little painted rue Panet several times during his career. Located in the Ville-Marie borough of Montreal, rue Panet sits in Montreal’s present-day Gay Village. The street was given its name at the beginning of the 19th century, and while several families bearing the name Panet have lived there, there is no definitive answer as to the street’s namesake.
The Maison Radio-Canada building can be seen at the end of the street, a structure that was inaugurated in 1973, five years before Little painted this scene. The construction of the Radio-Canada building necessitated the relocation of 5000 people and the reconfiguration of the surrounding neighbourhood. The assault on Montreal’s traditional architecture was a central preoccupation for the artist, who was outspoken in his defense of old buildings—“the stuff that is really good to paint.” Much of his work attempts to chronicle the city’s urban heritage before it disappears, seen by Little as an architectural “family album.”
Very good condition.
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