Adrien Hébert

Montreal Harbour

c. 1927-1930
Hébert broke radically from the picturesque art of his contemporaries, believing that painting in Quebec had become “mired in an ostentatious traditionalism.” His interest lay in painting scenes of modern life, including this bird’s-eye view of ships in the Montreal harbour – a subject close to his heart. The sharp diagonal and vertical lines set against the smoky background give the painting its energy.
Title
Montreal Harbour
Date
c. 1927-1930
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
64 x 46.2 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1982
Accession number
26995

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