G. Horne Russell, R.C.A. (1861-1933) – “Afterglow, St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick”, ca. 1916
George Horne Russell was born in Scotland where as a student he attended the Aberdeen School of Art. In 1889, at the age of twenty-eight, he emigrated to Canada where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He rented a studio in Montreal where he soon established himself as a portrait painter. His portraits of “well to do” Canadians, including Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and Lord Strathcona, helped reinforce his reputation as an important artist. Horne Russell was elected President of the RCA serving from 1922-1926, a well-deserved position after his long and distinguished association with the Academy.
While he came to be celebrated for his portraits, Horne Russell’s profound love for the country, and particularly the sea motivated him to paint pastoral scenes and seascapes as a reflection of his tremendous enjoyment for natural beauty. His endless succession of portrait commissions made it possible for him to paint landscapes and seascapes without concern for a future buyer and ultimately to afford the purchase of a country home at St Andrews by the Sea where Horne Russell could indulge his palette in his favored maritime themes. “Afterglow, St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick ” is an important and most handsome example in which the master dramatically conveys his passion and enthusiasm for the subject matter.
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