Richmond Street Vers Grand Trunk, Pointe St. Charles, Montreal, 1977
Inscriptionssigned 'JOHN / LITTLE' (recto, lower right); inscribed, 'RICHMOND STREET vers GRAND TRUNK / POINTE ST. CHARLES MONTREAL' (verso, top horizontal stretcher); signed and dated, 'JOHN / LITTLE '77'.
Richmond Street and the neighbourhood of Pointe St. Charles is an integral part of the Montreal “family album” John Little set out to preserve in his painting before it disappeared or was changed, be it by gentrification or conceivably demolition. The social history of “The Pointe” is well and extensively described in any number of learned books, papers and websites. This painting shows that Little the artist was not one to be inspired to paint pleasing pictures. If the viewer found the content of his paintings visually enjoyable, both he and his dealers were delighted. That however was not his goal.