Artwork by Paul Archibald Caron,  The Beach, Hudson

Paul A. Caron
The Beach, Hudson

oil on canvas, laid on panel
signed lower left; signed, titled, dated 1924 and inscribed “To my friends Mrs. Macfarlane and and Miss Watt, 1924” on the reverse
7 x 5.25 ins ( 17.8 x 13.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $2,200.00$1,800.00 - $2,200.00

Price Realized $1,500.00
Sale date: November 22nd 2016

Private Collection, Toronto
Living in Montreal for his entire life, Caron often depicted both urban Montreal and rural scenes of Quebec in watercolour and oil paint. Painting under William Brymner, Edmond Dyonnet and Maurice Cullen, Caron’s technique using soft textured brush strokes references those of his instructors.

This scene depicts the rural township of Hudson, an off-island suburb outside of Montreal. Popular as cottage country in the early twentieth century, the area affords picturesque sweeping views of the Ottawa River amongst lush wild brush and forestry. The rich green palette of the painting immerses the viewer within the treeline of the shore, with the river just visible through the branches of the trees.

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Paul Archibald Caron
(1874 - 1941) ARCA

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied drawing and painting under William Brymner, Maurice Cullen and Edmond Dyonnet at the school of the Art Association of Montreal. He worked 11 years in the stained glass industry making drawings for ornaments and figures and then for “La Presse” and the “Montreal Star” doing pen and ink drawings.

He was a designer and illustrator for magazines but eventually turned to full time painting particularly of old buildings and ancient areas of Montreal and Quebec City. He favoured winterscapes and painted many rural scenes in the Laurentians of which several were reproduced on Christmas cards. He worked in water colour using only distilled water and took great care in the selection of his materials to insure permanency.

He exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy and the spring shows of the Art Association of Montreal; Ontario Society of Artists, and the Fine Arts Section of the Canadian National Exhibition. He won the Jessie Dow prize for water colours in 1931 and 1937.

His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of the Province of Quebec. He was a member of the Pen and Pencil Club, Montreal; The Arts and Letters Club, Montreal; The Canadian Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers; The Canadian Society of Graphic Art; and the Royal Canadian Academy (ARCA 1939). He is represented in the collection of the National Gallery by one of his Montreal street scenes. Four of his beautiful oils decorated Blodwen Davies' “Saguenay”.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977