Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Canadian (1866 - 1934)

Maurice Galbraith Cullen was a Canadian painter.
Based on records, Maurice Galbraith Cullen's estimated art value is C$300,000 (*)

Maurice Galbraith Cullen's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$50,000 - C$2,500,000, or even much higher.

From records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Maurice Galbraith Cullen (1866-1934) was C$1,495,000 - paid for "The Bird Shop, St. Lawrence Street" at Heffel in Vancouver on Thu, Nov 24, 2005. has 214 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$50,000 to C$2,500,000.

Heffel Auction House Biography and Notes

Maurice Cullen's initial interest in art was in the medium of sculpture. He apprenticed under Louis-Philippe H├ębert at Monument National in Montreal, but after visiting Paris in 1888 he was so enthralled by the work of the Impressionists that he turned instead to painting. The techniques he learned as a sculptor, however, would be used throughout his career, as he was very particular about his materials, making his own paints and carving and gilding his own frames. He was, from the first, interested in painting snow, and while in the beginning the Canadian art-buying public had little interest in paintings of their long winters, he persisted, developing a dexterous prowess with the colours useful in winter scenes, such as white, blue, black and grey. Cullen exhibited as a guest in the first showing of the Canadian Art Club, a secessionist group that had formed out of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1907. Its aim was to support and exhibit art that depicted Canada, "something that shall be Canadian in spirit, something that shall be strong and vital and big, like our Northwest land." His work hung on the walls of the York County Court House in Toronto, a place that had served previously as a studio for Frederick Challener and would later become home to the Arts and Letters Club. Over time, Montrealers came to appreciate his depictions of everyday life and the realities of winter, and by 1912 his work was the subject of positive reviews such as an article by Newton MacTavish in Canadian Magazine. He realized some sales, but without the patronage of Sir William Van Horne of the Canadian Pacific Railway, he would have struggled to get by. His scenes of winter subjects such as harvesting ice, horse-drawn sleighs and villages in winter at night were often painted on-the-spot, and they attest to his ability to work outside in challenging conditions. His plein air method was eagerly embraced by the next generation of artists that included A.Y. Jackson (who would call Cullen a hero) and would be exemplified by the work of the Group of Seven. Cullen's desire for first-hand verity in his work was a credo of its methods and philosophically at the very core of the movement.

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