ArtworksRobert PilotCathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Paris, view from quai de la Tournelle, 1921 (circa)1898-1967Sold
Inscriptionssigned, ‘R. PILOT’ (lower right); signed by the artist, ‘R. W. PILOT’ (verso, centre)
Private collection, Montreal;
By descent to the present owners.
This is an exquisitely painted composition by Pilot of either 1921, the year he was a participant in the Beaver Hall Group Exhibition, a centenary we celebrate now, or conceivably the following year. It was with the unusual maturity of a 22 year old artist Pilot had exhibited in the first Group of Seven exhibition.
Pilot here presents us with what is of course an iconic view of Paris. However, for Pilot the magnificence of Notre Dame is a compositional device in his exploration of his interpretation of impressionist techniques as executed in the skies above and river below Notre Dame.