Tinning Christmas Card 1950

“From My Window” Christmas Card 1950; watercolour on paper; 15.6×13  cm ; Courtesy: MJMAG

This sketch of the Montreal skyline is a view painted from the rear window of Tinning’s atelier/apartment at 1178 Phillips Place where he lived between 1947 and 1963 and in which he saw many changes to his beloved adopted city. In the distance is the soaring hulk of the Sun Life Building. Tinning never tired of this cityscape and drew it many times throughout the four seasons. The Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (MJMAG) has two watercolour variations of this scene. In the early 1960s his view of the Sun Life was obliterated by the massive Place Ville Marie complex. Tinning writes in a sketchbook that this building will cast its shadow over Montreal, cut off [his] views, and disrupt proportions of the city.

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