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Adrien Hébert

Corner Peel and Sainte-Catherine

Artist

Adrien Hébert
Paris 1890 – Montreal 1967

Title

Corner Peel and Sainte-Catherine

Date

About 1948

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

76.5 x 101.5 cm

Credits

Gift of Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2010.645

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Corner Peel and Sainte-Catherine shows the vibrant nightlife of downtown Montreal in the late 1940s. Hébert had been interested in the frenetic bustle of Montreal street life since the mid-1920s. Using a high-angle perspective, he often set his scenes at an intersection, highlighting the energy of the subject with diagonals: in this instance formed by the curbs and tram rails and cars. This image of the city at night is enhanced by the glistening pavement reflecting the light from the shop windows, further accentuating the painting’s surface.

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