Ivan Eyre

Canadian, b. 1935

Tanglewood, 1973

acrylic on canvas

157.8 x 363.7 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of the Women's Committee in honour of Winnipeg's Centennial



Painting, Canadian Modern (1910-1979)

Tanglewood’s panoramic perspective and stippling technique create a map-like description of a landscape. The analytical way vegetations and landforms are differentiated and described suggests the artist’s direct and holistic observation of nature. However, Ivan Eyre’s bird’s-eye view of a verdant, rolling landscape is entirely invented. The topographical details are used in this painting to suggest a subjective mood. Eyre’s painting of a concocted world that is somehow both isolated and claustrophobic is a poetic commentary on the real world. His surreal take on the imagined landscape has been highly influential on younger generations of Prairie artists.

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