Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté R.C.A.

Sunset in Winter, Arthabasca, 1907-08

oil on board
8x10 in.

Paul Kastel, Montreal;
A.K. Prakash, Ottawa;
Private collection, Vancouver;
Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto

Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2002
Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, Musée du Quebec, Quebec City, 2002

Laurier Lacroix, Suzor-Coté: Light and Matter, reproduced in colour, no. 54, p. 174

Arthabaska County in Quebec, north of Sherbrooke and south of Quebec City, was a place of great significance to Suzor-Coté. It was the place of his birth, and a place that he painted repeatedly. Sunset in Arthabaska shows us Cote’s command of colour. The deepest blues of winter shadows, pink and yellow tinged sky and his characteristic heavily built up surfaces combined to give us works that are stellar examples of Canadian Impressionism in the hands of a skilled painter trained in the Barbizon school. The National Gallery of Canada included this panel in their 2002 retrospective of Suzor-Cote’s work, Suzor Coté: Light and Matter.

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, painter, sculptor, church decorator (b at Arthabaska, Qué 5 Apr 1869; d at Daytona Beach, Fla 27 Jan 1937). Suzor-Coté’s highly successful career was the result of his sure talent, his extroverted personality and favourable circumstances. In secondary school, his talent for drawing attracted attention and…