Maurice Cullen

Maurice Galbraith Cullen (Jun 6, 1866 – Mar 28, 1934) was a Canadian landscape artist born June 6, 1866 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. who died March 28, 1934, at Chambly, Québec. Cullen was known for his winter landscapes.

In 1870 his family moved to Montreal, Quebec. Cullen went to Paris to study painting with Jean-Léon Gérôme and Jules-Élie Delaunay at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He meets James Wilson Morrice and William Brymner and discovers Impressionism and the Barbizon School that will influence him.

In 1895 he became the first Canadian to be elected as an associate member of the Société nationale des beaux-arts in Paris.

In 1910 he married 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 then made the acquaintance of Lord Beaverbrook, which enabled him to become an official war painter.

Galerie L’Art français exhibited his works. Legacies of Impressionism in Canada: Three Exhibitions, January 31 to April 19, 2009 Vancouver Art Gallery

Regularly exposed, he taught at the Art Association of Montreal from 1891 to 1920.

He died at Chambly on March 28, 1934.

The Mill Stream (ca 1905), National Gallery of Canada.
Customs Port, Venice (1897), National Gallery of Canada
Rising Tide, Le Pouldu, Bretagne (1901), Musée des beaux-arts du Québec
Ice Breaking, L’Assomption, (ca 1914), National Gallery of Canada
Ile d’Orleans landscape, Musée de la civilisation, Quebec
No Man’s Land (Douai plain, France) (1920), Canadian War Museum