MAURICE GALBRAITH CULLEN, R.C.A.
oil on panel
8.25 ins x 10.5 ins; 21 cms x 26.7 cms
Maurice Cullen arrived in Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in 1888, when the Impressionists were at their height. When he returned to Canada seven years later, he brought their emphasis on light and atmospheric conditions with him. Cullen’s landscapes and urban scenes capture the light in all seasons, weather systems, and times of day. However, unlike the Impressionists, Cullen was uninterested in capturing fashion or leisure pursuits, instead focusing on the modernization and industrialization of urban centres. Though harbour scenes were an infrequent subject for Cullen, he painted their bustling views in Montreal, where he lived and worked, and in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he painted in 1907 and annually from 1910-1912.
Crystal S. Parsons, Maurice Cullen and His Circle, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2009.
Private Collection, Nova Scotia