'Auberge' is a French word for an inn, and is also sometimes used to refer to a restaurant of exceptional quality.
This painting is of a charming country house that has magnificent views overlooking Lake Massawippi and where the surrounding forests are tinged with purple and gold during their Indian summer. Jeannine focuses instead on a geometric design of the building's roof-line under an evening sky, unknowingly making a memorial, just 22 years before this lovely building was destroyed forever, wiped off the face of the earth.
The Quebec village of North Hatley, with the New England look, was established near the end of the 19th century by loyalists who refused American independence, and whose people discovered the natural beauty of the magnificent lake Massawippi not far from the Appalachian mountains of Vermont.
This Eastern Township landmark was completely destroyed in 2006 when the posh five-star Hatley Inn was engulfed in flames.
One of Quebec's finest and most exclusive inns, the three-story Colonial-style gray-and-white clapboard manor that sat atop a hill with a magnificent view of Lake Massawippi was once a discreet getaway for a number of celebrities, including the French President Chirac in 2003, when visiting Quebec.
Built in 1903 as a private residence, the 25-room hotel was decorated with fine antiques, and was renowned for its multiple award-winning country dining room and famed wine cellar with more than 1,100 vintages, worth more than $1 million dollars. The formal 5 star dining room was one of three restaurants in Canada to have the prestigious title of Relais Gourmand.
This is a limited edition lithograph of only 25 copies of a beloved landmark that is still remembered today with no one believing it will ever be seen again.
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Matting: 16" x 20" Image: 11" x 13"