ReRomantic

 

ReRomantic (2016)

Reconsiderations of landscape and first nations representation within the context of the Canadian romanticist painting.

A System for Making Things Pretty (After Lucius O'Brien)

Oil on canvas 

65 x 35 in.

2016

 

"During the time of Lucius O'Brien's sketching trip of the Saguenay in preparation for the Sunrise on the Saguenay, human intervention in the region was high. The Federal Government's Department of  Public Works embarked on a dredging operation as part of its waterways improvement scheme, and fires ravaged the valley destroying stands of pine, denuding many of the mountains, closing some of the lumber industry and filling the valley with a choking smoke."     

- Ellen Ramsay 

 

RAMSAY, ELLEN L. “Picturing the Picturesque: Lucius O'Brien's ‘Sunrise on the Saguenay.’” RACAR: Revue d'Art Canadienne / Canadian Art Review, vol. 17, no. 2, 1990, pp. 150–203., www.jstor.org/stable/42630461.

 

 

"A Noble Explosion (After Paul Kane)"

Oil on canvas 

65 x 35 in.

2016

 

"Paul Kane's oil paintings, while based on field sketches, have been recognized by all as unabashedly romanticized images: the landscapes are painted in the tradition of the sublime, and some of Kane’s human subjects are transformed into the “noble savage,” whether through modifications to stance, clothing, or accoutrements or through additions of mood- evocative backgrounds. Some of the paintings, as noted in current ethnological commentary, show blatant ethnographic inaccuracies."     

 -J. Russell Harper

 

GEHMACHER, ARLENE. "Paul Kane: Life and Work." Art Canada Institute, Electronic monograph. 2014. http://www.aci-iac.ca/content/art-books/23/Art-Canada-Institute_Paul-Kane.pdf