Maurice Galbraith Cullen

Artist (Canada)
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Maurice Galbraith Cullen (6 June 1866 – 28 March 1934) was a Canadian landscape artist known for his winter landscapes.

Life and work

Cullen was born on June 6, 1866, in St. John's, Newfoundland.[1] In 1870 his family moved to Montreal, Quebec. He travelled to Paris at the age of 22 to study painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Académie Julian where he fell under the influence of the impressionists. In 1910 he married Barbara Merchant Pilot, a widow whose son, his stepson, grew up to be the artist Robert Wakeham Pilot.

Beginning in January 1918, Cullen served with Canadian forces in the First World War. He came to the attention of Lord Beaverbrook, who arranged for him to be commissioned as an "official war artist" along with Frederick Varley, J.W. Beatty and C. W. Simpson.

Cullen died March 28, 1934, at Chambly, Québec.

The Galerie L'Art français exhibited Cullen's works. Another exhibition, Legacies of Impressionism in Canada: Three Exhibitions, was held from January 31 to April 19, 2009 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2019, the National Gallery of Canada show, Reflections and Interpretations: Canadian artists from Impressionism to Modernism, opened in Munich.