LOT 133

1866 - 1934

Pink Cloud
oil on canvas, circa 1903
signed and on verso titled March Sunset, Cache River, Quebec on a label, although the original title is Pink Cloud and certified by the Cullen Inventory #1349
23 1/4 x 28 3/4 in, 59 x 73 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

Sold for: $46,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Watson Art Galleries, Montreal
Laing Galleries, Toronto
Waddington Galleries, Toronto/Montreal
Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver
Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 8, 2001, lot 16
Private Collection, Montreal
Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 24, 2005, lot 153
Private Collection, Quebec

Rosalyn Porter, The Group of Seven and Their Contemporaries, Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., 1980, listed, unpaginated

Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art Inc., Vancouver, The Group of Seven and Their Contemporaries, 1980, titled as March Sunset: Cache River, Quebec, catalogue #37

Maurice Cullen, who trained in France at the École nationale de la société des beaux-arts, was one of the earliest artists to bring an Impressionist palette and technique to the Canadian landscape. The forms in many of his early landscapes are bathed in light, and this work is no exception. The subject of the work is reflected light – the sunset illuminating the cloud and it, in turn, being reflected in the water of the river. This work is one of many such subjects that Cullen observed on the Cache River in Quebec.

As with all of his winter scenes, we can feel the intense chill in the air, and here the fact that most of the scene is in shadow intensifies this cold. Cullen was able, through the use of atmospheric perspective, to give us a clear sense of the depth of the landscape. The use of colour is carefully considered and his tones are deliberately greyed throughout the image, except for the brilliant colour of the pink cloud itself and the equally striking reflection in the water. The work is carefully constructed, with the ice breaking up in the foreground to establish our relationship to the scene; the reflection of the trees in the water to join the near and distant shore; and a darker right half balancing the lighter left as well as the equally balanced areas of bright colour in sky and water. The sense of an evanescent moment in nature quickly captured on the canvas is a tribute to Cullen’s skills as a landscape painter.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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