Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1866. Died in Chambly, Quebec in 1934. The family of Maurice Cullen RCA moved to Montreal in 1870. He initially studied at the Conseil des arts et manufactures de Montréal, but Cullen dreamed of becoming a sculptor. In 1887, he went to Paris to study sculpture at the École des Beaux Arts, where his discovery of Monet and Impressionism drew him to painting. Until 1895, he studied, worked and travelled in Europe. After returning to Montréal, Cullen painted winter scenes, primarily in the Québec area. He would sketch outdoors, and then paint the finished canvases in his studio, adapting the techniques of Impressionism to the particular features of the Quebec landscape. He had a profound influence on the artists of his era, particularly Suzor-Coté, who had a studio in the same building as Cullen.

Logging in Winter, Beaupré - 1896, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton
Paris, Winter on the Seine - 1902, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton
Cape Diamond - 1909, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton
The Blizzard, Craig Street, Montreal - 1912, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Petty Harbour, Newfoundland - circa 1912, oil on canvas. Edmonton Art Gallery
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