Albert H. Robinson: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

Albert Henry Robinson, also known as Albert H. Robinson and as A. H. Robinson RCA (January 2, 1881 – September 7, 1956) was a Canadian landscape painter, an invited contributor to the first Group of Seven exhibition in 1920, as capably as a founding aficionado of the Beaver Hall Group in 1920 and the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933. He used the rolling rhythm of landscape parallel to the portray plane used by A.Y. Jackson, with whom he often painted upon trips to Quebec, but endowed his con with unusual colours – corals, pinks, dark blue. He sought simplified, powerful form

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Albert Henry Robinson’s first studies were bearing in mind John S. Gordon at the Hamilton Art School. In 1903-04, he was in Paris, studying first at the Académie Julian below Bouguereau and Bashet later at the École des Beaux-Arts under Gabriel Ferrier, and also bearing in mind artist, Thomas William Marshall. About 1908 he began to paint the Quebec landscape and moved to Montreal. In 1910 he met A.Y. Jackson and went later him the bordering year to France, visiting St. Malo and Carhaix in Brittany. In 1911 he was elected an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy and that year was in Europe again, and in 1920 became an academician.

His career included serving in the combat industry as inspector of munitions during World War I (1917–1919). He was commissioned by the Canadian War Memorials to paint the Vickers Shipbuilding forest in Montreal.

From not quite 1918 to 1933, Robinson painted on trips along the St. Lawrence River and in the Laurentians considering Jackson, Clarence Gagnon, Edwin Holgate and Randolph Hewton. In 1921, he painted gone Jackson at Cacouna where he made studies for Returning from Easter Mass. He retired due to a heart offensive which later than he recovered, was followed by arthritis.

His dealer was William R. Watson of Watson Art Galleries, then Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal and today, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery in Montreal and Toronto and Eric Klinkhoff Gallery in Montreal. In 1982, Jennifer Watson for the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery curated a retrospective exhibition which travelled to seven further galleries, Albert H. Robinson: The Mature Years; in 1994, Walter Klinkhoff Gallery organized a retrospective later than a catalogue.

His acquit yourself is in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Art Gallery of Hamilton; McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, among others.

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