ArtworksJohn LittleLe Quai, La Malbaie, Qué., en avril, 19701928 -Sold
Inscriptionssigned, ‘JOHN/LITTLE’ (lower right); titled ‘LE QUAI au [sic] LA MALBAIE QUE./EN AVRIL’ (verso, left upper horizontal stretcher), signed and dated twice ‘JOHN LITTLE ‘70’ (verso, right upper horizontal stretcher) and ‘10-23-70’ (verso, lower horizontal stretcher)
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal;
Acquired from the above by a corporate collection, Montreal;
This is one of Little's rare compositions which is not of urban content. It is noteworthy that this is the old wharf in La Malbaie proper and not the wharf which still exists and is active in Pointe au Pic, usually also referred to as La Malbaie. La Malbaie (Murray Bay), is a well known summer vacation resort area which became popular toward the end of the 19th Century. It was primarily affluent Montrealers who built summer properties there in the decades prior to air conditioning and had their families retreat from the heat and humidity of the city for the summer months.. La Malbaie did attract some affluent American home owners, most notably, President William Howard Taft. Le Manoir Richelieu, now a Fairmont Hotel, is a remnant of the distinguished heritage of the resort. As an aside only, in the summer after Little painted this work, I was on the bell staff of the Manoir Richelieu Hotel. Having spent a week there recently, almost everything has changed since 1970.
Note: In 2017, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery published A Tribute to John Little, City Life from 1951 the only authorized study of the work and career of John Little. In preparation of a sequel, to be considered for publication, we invite owners of John Little paintings to submit images and details to the gallery at email@example.com 6