Lunenberg, Nova Scotia Robert Pilot

Year
1927
Medium
Oil On Canvas
Size
12 × 17 inches
30.48 × 43.18 cm
Framed Size
18 × 23 inches
45.72 × 58.42 cm

Hints of red and orange beneath the blue tinted snow in this winter landscape by Robert Pilot is echoed in the rising trees. Capped by a bright blue sky, the pond at Ste Agathe, Quebec, was painted several times by Pilot. The artist's unique style reveals the dual influences of Maurice Cullen, his stepfather, and members of the Group of Seven including A.Y. Jackson with whom Pilot painted.  Robert Wakeham Pilot (b. Nfld,1898-1967) MBE, RCA, was a Canadian painter and etcher. As a child, Pilot assisted his step father landscape painter Maurice Cullen in his Montreal studio, and the two would take sketching trips together. Pilot is known for his Impressionist inspired landscapes of the Lower St. Lawrence region, and the shores of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Pilot is also widely recognized for his paintings of the snow-covered Rockies. He exhibited with the Group of Seven in 1920 but did not formalize their relationship. He studied in Paris at the Académie Julian (1920-22) where he exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1922 before returning to Montréal to work with William Brymner, and Cullen. He was elected associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1925. During WWII as a Captain in the Black Watch and made Member OBE. He was president of the RCA,1952-54. His work is held in major Canadian museum collections.

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