My Daily Art

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. Summer Afternoon, The Prairie, 1921. oil on canvas, 107.2 x 89.5 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, L-90.

Same artist two days in a row – but Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890-1956) deserves it this time around.

Imagine working on a retrospective exhibition for the last three years, gathering over 200 of his artworks from public and private lenders across the country, installing them all – and then having to close the WAG indefinitely.

I know there are much, much more serious things going on around us, but that’s actually one of the reasons for my lament. I believe this exhibition Into the Light would bring comfort and joy to many during these difficult and uncertain times. Art has a way of doing that.

I could go on about this beautiful canvas Summer Afternoon, The Prairie (1921), referencing the artist’s use of complementary colours, pointillist brushwork, and the en plein air quality of light, which all take their cue from the Impressionists. But this is normally when I say – go see it for yourself and you’ll understand. We all know that’s not possible right now. So you’ll have to take my word when I say FitzGerald has a way of taking you right into the middle of that Prairie field with the summer wheat (or flax) at its best.

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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One response to “My Daily Art”

  1. Penny Vatnsdal says:

    Would love to see this painting and indeed the whole Into The Light exhibition- let’ s hope we will see these works soon or sometime. Thanks for Daily Art.

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