ROBERT WAKEHAM PILOT, P.R.C.A.
MULLET RIVER, LAURENTIANS
oil on canvas
20 ins x 24 ins; 48.3 cms x 61 cms
Robert Pilot (1898-1967) was a Canadian Impressionist painter whose chief influences were his stepfather Maurice Cullen, with whom he painted as a young man, and James Wilson Morrice, whose work he greatly admired. After studying at the Art Association of Montreal with William Brymner, he attended the Académie Julian in Paris from 1920 to 1922. Back in Canada, Pilot was elected an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1925. His diploma work, deposited with the RCA in 1935, is entitled Twilight, Lévis, 1933. Pilot’s most characteristic works were moody winter landscapes in Quebec (see also lot 49). Mullet River was painted north of Montreal in the Laurentians, an area he knew well. Using a restricted palette of white, blue and silvery brown, Pilot captured the atmosphere of the spring thaw with the rush of running water and the distant trees awakening with new growth when winter finally releases its icy grip on the land.
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Collingwood
Robert W. Pilot Exhibition, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, November 1 - December 6, 1968, (also exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Hamilton), no. 33.