Artwork by Albert Henry Robinson,  Quebec House in Winter

A.H. Robinson
Quebec House in Winter

oil on board
signed with initials lower right
8.5 x 10.5 ins ( 21.6 x 26.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $18,000.00$14,000.00 - $18,000.00

Price Realized $20,700.00
Sale date: May 31st 2016

Mayberry Gallery, Winnipeg
Masters Gallery, Calgary
Private Collection, Toronto
During the period when this painting was completed, Robinson was travelling along the St. Lawrence area of Quebec, painting landscapes and his surroundings. The charming home depicted represents quintessential Quebec cottage and village houses of rural Quebec along the St. Lawrence and Laurentians. The glowing dusk sky, coloured green by the light’s reflection off of blanketed snow, is more impressionistic in style and complements the wide brushstrokes of the green siding of the home. While working closely with A.Y. Jackson, the practices of looser brushstrokes, emphasis on light and shadow depicted with colour and simplified forms became part of the artist’s artistic style. Rather than capturing Canadiana through depictions of barren wilderness, Robinson focuses on the dwellings of emerging towns and cities in the early twentieth century, giving life and narrative to the landscape painting tradition in Canada.

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Albert Henry Robinson
(1881 - 1956) Canadian Group of Painters, RCA

Albert Henry Robinson (RCA) was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1881. Robinson studied in Hamilton with John S. Gordon and left for Paris in 1903. He continued his training at the Julian Academy with Bouguereau and Bachet, and then with Ferrier at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. During his time there he travelled to Normandy and Corsica. After returning to Hamilton, John S. Gordon hired him as an assistant and Robinson exhibited his work for the first time in 1906. In 1910 he met and befriended A.Y. Jackson. Between 1918 and 1933 Robinson travelled along the shores of the St. Lawrence and in the Laurentians painting many landscapes, which constitute the bulk of his work.