Robert Pilot R.C.A.

Farmhouse, Piedmont, PQ, 1949

oil on canvas
18x24 in.
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Provenance
Sale of Sotheby’s Canada, Monday May 27, 1985, lot 871;
Loch Gallery Inc., Winnipeg;
Private collection, Calgary

Above all other subjects, Robert Wakeham Pilot loved to paint the landscape of Quebec. From his step-father Maurice Cullen, he learned a fine technique and the fundamentals of a sound studio practice, and from his contemporaries – in particular A.Y. Jackson – he inherited a love of the ramshackle fences, wayside crosses, the rolling hills of Quebec, and the honest, no frills world of the habitant, presented to us here as a joyously coloured, tranquil scene.

Robert Wakeham Pilot was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1898. His widowed mother married the Canadian artist Maurice Cullen in 1910 and they went back to Cullen’s home in Montreal. Young Robert often assisted his stepfather doing chores in the studio and thus learned the craft from the bottom up.…