Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté R.C.A.
Sunset in Winter, Arthabasca, 1907-08
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.