ArtworksAlbert H. RobinsonCharlevoix County, 1929 (circa)1881-1956Sold
Inscriptionssigned, ‘AHR' (faintly, lower left); inscribed ‘Guaranteed to be by Albert Robinson / Gerald Stevens (verso, upper half)
G. Blair Laing, Limited., Toronto.
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal;
Acquired from the above by the present owners.
Montreal, Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Hommage a Albert H. Robinson R.C.A. (1881-1956), September 1994, no. 51.
In 1994, Walter Klinkhoff wrote, "I have always held Albert Robinson in the highest esteem. He has been my personal favourite Canadian artist and I would rate him amongst the very best. I know of at least three distinguished Canadian artists who declared without hesitation that Robinson was their favourite also. They were Harold Beament, Henri Masson and Robert Pilot." (Walter Klinkhoff, Albert H. Robinson Retrospective Exhibition. 1994, pg. 1). Robinson is known as a most distinguished colourist, "of the first order," according to the Group of Seven's Dr. Arthur Lismer. Robinson had a notable awareness of modernist techniques and he rendered his paintings successfully by reducing the landscape to only its most essential and joyous elements. He is also greatly admired for his ability to accomplish the remarkable task of delivering harmonious compositions in low tone and high key.
In 1956, Thomas R. Lee referred to Robinson's work as, "purely Canadian - with no trace of European influence." He describes the artist himself as, "a Painter's Painter [with] ...no commercial influence at all; he painted for the love of painting." (Thomas R. Lee, Albert H. Robinson: "The Painter's Painter". Pamphlet. 1956).