MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.
Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
Private Collection, Quebec
Sylvia Antoniou, Maurice Cullen, Queen’s University, Kingston, 1982, pages 26 and 30.
Sylvia Antoniou and others would rightly count the paintings of Maurice Cullen (1866-1934) among the masterpieces of Canadian art. Similarly, his works in pastel exemplify his great, if sometimes under-appreciated, talent. In the Spring / Summer of 1903, Cullen began exhibiting works in this medium for the first time and continued to do so thereafter throughout his long career. Antoniou notes,“he loved its expressive quality” and according to her, “His dealer, William Watson praised the resulting drawings highly.” Quoting Watson, she writes: “Many of his most beautiful Laurentian scenes are executed in this medium. Here he has revealed the poetry of the woodland and stream. Should Cullen wish to tell of this, he will invariably do so through the medium of pastel.”