Artwork by John Geoffrey Caruthers Little,  Patinore Pointe St. Charles, rue Grand Trunk

John Little
Patinore Pointe St. Charles, rue Grand Trunk

oil on canvas
signed lower right; signed, titled and dated 2013 on the stretcher
12 x 18 ins ( 30.5 x 45.7 cms )

Sold for $9,440.00
Sale date: November 19th 2019

Provenance:
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
A Montreal native, John Little devoted his artistic practice to capture the charm and nostalgia of Montreal in his street scenes, preserving the city’s heritage. “Patinoire Pointe St. Charles, rue Grand Trunk” depicts a street in one of the city’s oldest sectors southwest of downtown, the historically working-class neighbourhood of Pointe St. Charles. The painting features children playing a pick-up game of street hockey, a quintessentially Canadian winter activity.

Little had a professional history working in his father’s architectural firm, Luke and Little, as a draftsman from 1951-53. The skills learned working at the firm transferred into his artistic practice to accurately portray the city. During the 1960s and 1970s, Montreal and Quebec City were undergoing mass change with historic buildings being demolished for new constructions and industrial infrastructure as the city grew. Grand Trunk Street is named after the Grand Trunk Railway that once ran through the historic neighbourhood known as “the Point”, which has undergone significant transformation and gentrification in recent years. John Little’s street scenes serve as historical recollections of the city of Montreal.

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John Geoffrey Caruthers Little
(1928) ARCA

Born in Montreal, Little studied under Arthur Lismer and Goodridge Roberts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He later attended the Art Student's League in New York City. His cityscape paintings are set in Old Quebec and Montreal. His works document old-world streets and architecture with assurance and individuality. He became an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1961.