I know it's the wrong time of year for snow scenes, but Maurice Cullen knew how to paint winter. I chose these because they show his mastery of colour, but his monotone winter landscapes are even better. Maurice Cullen is not a very well known name, but it should be. I'm awestruck by his sense of composition and treatment of paint. As a landscape painter, I can attest to how difficult it is to create a painting with such likeability. Here is my homage to a snow king on his birthday.
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Maurice Galbraith Cullen (1866–1934) was a Canadian landscape artist born June 6, 1866 in St. John's, Newfoundland. Although he was born in Newfoundland, the family moved to Montreal, Quebec when he was four years old. When he was 22 he traveled to Paris to study painting, where he fell under the influence of the impressionists.
Later on, he served with Canadian forces in the First World War, where he came to the attention of Lord Beaverbrook, who arranged for a commission as an official war artist. He therefore joined the ranks of great war artists, alongside Frederick Varley, J.W. Beatty and C.W. Simpson.
Maurice Cullen returned from the war and lived out his life in Quebec, passing away March 28, 1934, at Chambly, Québec.