This small watercolour is a variation on Robert’s earlier View of Hantsport, but with the town, factory, and river eliminated to concentrate instead on the profusion of summer trees, the distant Minas Basin and Cape Blomidon. The tiny car gives a sense of scale and adds focus, while the narrow road juts like a wharf or bridge through the lush countryside, linking foreground and background together. The soft warm light of the sunset offsets the hard shadows of the trees, whose many repeating forms contrast with the solitude of the car. Robert links cars with a mythology of modernity and the mountainous Blomidon with a more ancient mythology of the land and first peoples.
Sunset over Blomidon