Canadian Fine Art

November 19, 2018

LOT 45
MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.
  • MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.
  • MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.
  • MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.

45

MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.

EVENING - THE CACHE RIVER

pastel
signed; with Cullen Inventory no.1250
24 ins x 32 ins; 61 cms x 81.3 cms

Estimate $15,000-$18,000

Realised: $20,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium

About artist/note:

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.”

Literature:

Sylvia Antoniou, Maurice Cullen, Queen’s University, Kingston, 1982, pages 26 and 30.

Provenance:

Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal
Private Collection, Quebec

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Provenance: Continental Galleries Inc., Montreal
Signed