My Daily Art

L.L. FitzGerald. The Little Plant, 1947. oil on canvas, 60.5 x 45.7 cm. McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Gift of Mr. R.A. Laidlaw, 1969.2.4.

On April 2 we opened the exhibition Into the Light: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald to an audience of one – the security officer on duty that morning.

With the WAG is closed to the public, it’s possible that the largest retrospective of Manitoba’s Group of Seven member will be the first show in the Gallery’s 108-year history to open and close without an audience.

The WAG has the largest collection of FitzGerald’s work, but for my post today, I wanted to share one of my favourites from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, our exhibition partner. It’s another window view, but with “The Little Plant” (1957, Gift of R. A. Laidlaw), we pause before adjusting our focus outside.

The diminutive geranium plant holds its own on the window sill against a brownish grey backdrop of leafless tree limbs and dead grass – striking a balance between life and new life to come.

While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.

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2 responses to “My Daily Art”

  1. Ruth Swan says:

    I shall be terribly disappointed if we do not get to see the Fitzgerald exhibit. I did not know about him as a local member of the Group of Seven. I was looking forward to seeing his work. Please give us hope that the WAG will not be closed that long – Pity! Ruth Swan

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