ALBERT HENRY ROBINSON, R.C.A.
OLD BARN NEAR KNOWLTON, CA. 1930
oil on canvas
17.5 ins x 21.5 ins; 44.5 cms x 54.6 cms
Jennifer Watson notes that from the late 1920s onward, the paintings of Albert Robinson (1881-1956) shift toward more dramatic points of view and begin exhibiting a marked increase in rhythm. She continues: “A calmer mood sets in finally around 1930 with a group of farm scenes, although the ploughed fields (as seen in this lot) recall earlier rhythms.”
Old Barn Near Knowlton has been dated to circa 1930. Only two years earlier Robinson had been awarded the Jessie Dow Prize at the Art Association of Montreal’s spring exhibition. Exhibition lists and critical reviews from this period link this work to other closely related paintings such as Farm in the Hills, Knowlton and Haytime near Knowlton, both exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada in 1932.
Jennifer C. Watson, Albert H. Robinson: The Mature Years, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 1982, page 16.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto
Jerrold Morris Gallery, Toronto
Cooper Campbell Collection
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
Private Collection, Toronto
Albert H. Robinson, University of Guelph, March 3-31, 1968; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, April 5-21, 1968.