WAG Mourns Death of Alex Colville
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is mourning the death of iconic Canadian artist Alex Colville who passed away yesterday at the age of 92.
Colville was known for his meticulously crafted, hyper-realistic scenes of everyday life. His work can be found in collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Centre National d’Art de Culture Georges Pompidou in Paris. The Winnipeg Art Gallery owns one painting and five prints. The highest price ever reached for a Colville painting was $1,287,000 in 2010 for Man on Verandah. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1967, and elevated to Companion in 1982.
Colville made his name as a war artist during World War II with images that expressed the toll the war was having on its soldiers. One of his war paintings, Infantry near Nijmegen, Holland, is currently on view in the WAG’s exhibition 100 Masters: Only in Canada. He is the only artist represented by two works in the exhibition.
“Alex Colville spanned many key movements in art,” says Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO. “His work has always resonated with the public because he painted familiar, commonplace scenes—the family in the kitchen, a cat sitting on a fence, people walking on a beach. But inherent in each work was a sense of loneliness and isolation.”
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