1866 - 1934
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Maurice Galbraith Cullen was born in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1866. His family moved to Montreal in 1870. He studied sculpture at Monument National under Philippe Hébert. After the death of his mother in 1887, his inheritance enabled him to travel to Paris to study sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts. He was so impressed by the work of Claude Monet and other Impressionists that he chose to become a painter instead of a sculptor.
In 1894 five of Cullen’s paintings were shown at the Salon in Paris. In 1895 he was elected Associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, France. The same year, he returned to Montreal where he opened a studio, making sketching trips along the St. Laurent near Quebec City and Beaupré.
By 1897 Cullen had exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy and participated in Spring Exhibitions of the Art Association of Montreal. Although there was very little interest in Canadian snow scenes at the time, his lack of success left him undeterred and he continued sketching in Montreal and Levis.
In 1907 he was elected full member of the Royal Canadian Academy. A few years later he was exhibiting regularly with the Canadian Art Club in Toronto and in 1918, went to France as an official war artist with the rank of captain.