ArtworksRobert PilotPorte Saint-Louis, Quebec, 1955 (circa)1898-1967Sold
Continental Galleries of Fine Art, Montreal.
Private collection, Montreal;
By descent to the present owners.
In capturing this perspective over Quebec City, Robert Pilot has perched himself up on the ramparts just outside the St. Louis Gate. Beyond the gate and the Garrison Club, Pilot has composed part of the famed Château Frontenac between the tower of the Gate and the steeple of Chalmers-Wesley Church. It was the temperament of the skies above Quebec City and the character of the city itself that inspired Robert Pilot’s work for more than 40 years.
Harold Beament, a President of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts, a good friend of Robert Pilot and, for those who knew him, a tough critic, observed, “In its cityscape of muted colours and overcast weather, Quebec was well suited to the poetic vein in Pilot’s personality”.
1. Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts, et al. Robert W Pilot Retrospective. (Montreal: Simpson Pres. 1969), 5.