JOHN LITTLE, R.C.A
HIVER - RUE HENRI JULIEN
oil on canvas
signed; also signed, titled and dated ‘77 on the stretcher
24 ins x 30 ins; 61 cms x 76.2 cms
There is little use trying to resist the paintings of John Little (b. 1928) and certainly there must be few who have experienced Montreal who do not succumb to the degree to which the painter evokes the very heart of the place.
The precise perspectival lines and attentive handling of architectural elements evidence Little’s academic training and time spent working at his father’s architecture firm. His favourite subjects are the winter scenes of working class neighbourhoods, which he records with a practiced familiarity.
While there isn’t a season that Little hasn’t mastered, in some way the joys of winter are something quite particular to the Montrealais, making Hiver - Rue Henri Julien (the street is named after the well-known Montreal painter) quite special.
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