ArtworksJohn LittleRue Pontiac coin Bienville, Montreal, 19731928 -Sold
Inscriptionssigned, 'JOHN LITTLE' (lower right); titled, signed and dated, 'RUE PONTIAC coin BIENVILLE MONTREAL JOHN LITTLE 73' (verso)
Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal
Private collection, Ontario
Over the 50 years that have passed since Little painted this work, the scene has remained largely unchanged. Located in the Plateau area of the city, actually only a few blocks from Lafontaine Park where another of our Littles was painted, the view is looking southeast along Pontiac toward the Monastery of the Brothers of Jerusalem and Church of St Sacrement at Mount Royal Boulevard.
The painting is very much a time capsule, a witness to the time and the place. As would have been his custom, Lorraine Little, the wife of the artist , served as model for the composition. While her maxi coat establishes the period of the painting, her position on site in his study assisted the artist with the scale.