Canadian (born in U.S.A.), 1881–1968
Torso, c. 1935
36.2 x 6.8 x 9.3 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of J.B. Richardson and W. McG. Rait to the Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art Collection
While the landscape genre dominated Canadian painting during the first few decades of the twentieth century, figurative sculpture of impressive quality was also being created by Canadian artists. Many of the leading sculptors at this time, including Florence Wyle, were women. Often faced with great material costs, few patrons, and inequality arising from her gender, Wyle struggled, along with partner and colleague Frances Loring, to have sculpture recognized as an art form equal in stature to painting. Before becoming an artist, Wyle had undertaken premedical studies from which she gained an appreciation for anatomical form. While somewhat classical in style, Torso’s scale, colour, and material imbue it with a sense of warmth and intimacy.