Lot #20

John Little
Dimanche matin, rue St. Olivier entre côte St. Augustin et côte Ste. Geneviève, Quebec

oil on canvas
signed lower right; signed, titled and dated 1976 on the stretcher
24 x 30.25 ins ( 61 x 76.8 cms )

Sold for $14,950.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Provenance:
Continental Galleries Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario
John Little captures the charm and nostalgia of Quebec City's and Montreal's residential streets through much of his body of work. With particular attention paid to architectural accuracy - influenced by his time working with his father's architectural firm, Luke and Little - “Dimanche matin” exemplifies the artist's devotion to capturing the warm nostalgia of Quebec. Snowbank-lined walkways trampled down by pedestrians offers the viewer a decidedly inhabited feel as opposed to the barren landscapes of traditional Canadian art. The viewer is placed within the street walking behind the woman, perhaps even exiting a row home at the right edge of the composition, thus engaging the viewer as an active participant in the scene.

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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.