Maurice Galbraith Cullen (1866 – 1934, Canadian)
The Rockies from the Bow River
Gift of Barbara McMorland, Calgary, 2017
Exemplifying the dominant narrative of landscape painting of the 1920s, “The Rockies from the Bow River” portrays the Canadian landscape in harmony with the mountainous terrain, light and colour. Capturing the mood of the region, the painting provides an important glimpse into the artist’s impasto technique [being able to see brush strokes in the thick layering of paint], study of light, and use of colour. As his only Western Canadian trip, the painting also offers a rare insight into his perception of the region.