Artwork by Frederick William Hutchison,  Winter Scene, Hudson Heights, Quebec

F.W. Hutchison
Winter Scene, Hudson Heights, Quebec

oil on canvas
signed lower right; titled to gallery label on the reverse
30 x 36 ins ( 76.2 x 91.4 cms )

Auction Estimate: $5,000.00$3,000.00 - $5,000.00

Price Realized $4,012.00
Sale date: November 19th 2019

Private Collection, Montreal
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Important Canadian Art, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal, January 27, 2012
Lawren Harris & Canadian Masters: Historic Sale Celebrating Canada’s 150 Years, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery, Toronto, April 1, 2017
Albert H. Robson, Canadian Landscape Painters, Toronto, 1932, page 108
Frederick Hutchison had a sympathetic eye for the landscape and environs of the St. Lawrence River and its villages. This is illustrated in “Winter Scene, Hudson Heights, Quebec”, with the artist’s primary interest being the play of warm light and cool shadow on the house and the surrounding snow. There is a subtle and poetic arrangement to this painting, with emphasis on atmosphere and the charm of colour. For many years Hutchison depicted the beautiful region of the Lower St. Lawrence and captured the essence of the French-Canadian countryside, as did other fine painters such as Morrice, Cullen, Gagnon and Jackson. As Albert H. Robson observed, “Hutchison’s landscapes have a fine diffusion of light. He is a true Impressionist with an exquisite sense of colour.”

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Frederick William Hutchison
(1871 - 1953) RCA

Frederick William Hutchison was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1871. He studied at the Art Association School of Montreal under William Brymner, the Chase School in New York City under William Chase and in Paris at the Julian Academy under Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant. In 1905, he moved to New York City where he taught at the College of the City of New York, first as a tutor for the department of art in 1906, then as an instructor of art in 1908. By 1920 he was Art Supervisor of the Townsend Harris Hall School where he remained until his retirement in 1939. In the 1920’s he toured Europe with Clarence Gagnon.

Although Hutchison did some portraits, he preferred to paint colourful Canadian landscapes, especially the Hudson area and the Charlevoix County. While he was living and teaching in New York, he often returned to the family residence in Hudson Heights, where he settled permanently after he retired. During his lifetime Hutchison gained some recognition. He was represented in Montreal by three important commercial art galleries: W. Scott & Sons, the Stevens Art Gallery and Watson Art Galleries. He had several one-man exhibitions with each of them as well as at The Arts Club and the Art Association of Montreal. Hutchison received further public recognition with his election to the prestigious National Academy of Design in New York in 1935 and to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1937.

Robert Pilot, R.C.A. wrote the introduction to the exhibition catalogue in which he noted. “The name F.W. Hutchinson evokes a picture of the colourful landscape of the Lower St. Lawrence, for this district was for many years the theme of most of his pictures. He belongs to that fine group of Canadian painters: Morrice, Cullen, Gagnon and Jackson, who so beautifully interpreted the French-Canadian countryside. He worked, as they did, amongst the smiling villages or beyond into the austere hinterland.”

He is represented in the following collections: National Academy of Design (Diploma work - "Mill on the Remy"), NYC; New York Athletic Club, NYC; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; The Art Gallery of Ontario; the Provincial Museum of Quebec; The Engineer's Club, Montreal; the National Gallery of Canada (R.C.A. Diploma Collection); the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, N.B.; the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba; the Mount Royal Club, Montreal; and the McGill University, Montreal. Frederick W. Hutchison died in Hudson Heights, Quebec, at the age of 82.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume II”, compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1979