Soldier and Girl at Station
Alex Colville
Soldier and Girl at Station
Alex Colville (Canadian, Magic Realism, 1920 - 2013): Soldier and Girl at Station, 1953. Glazed tempera on hardboard, 40.6 x 60.9 cm. The Thomson Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



"The pictures of Canadian artist Alex Colville bear more affinity to the American Precisionists of the 1930s than to photo-realism. His perfect compositions are based on an abundance of sketches and studies, which are first brought into an abstract, geometric scheme before drawings are made from the live model and proportioned according to the planned format. Only then does the slow and patient process of painting begin. Layer upon layer of thinned paint is applied to a primed wooden panel, and the opaque surface finally sealed with transparent lacquer. The process can often take months ...

Yet he has also been deeply impressed by the American Luminists, and not least by Hopper. Colville’s paintings are proof of the fact that a realism of content need have nothing in common with naturalism, that the serious realist does not unthinkingly reflect reality, but analyses it ..." (©2013 A.C.Fine Art Inc, /alexcolville.ca)

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Colville’s images managed to elicit feelings of both contemplation and angst ...

“I see life as inherently dangerous. I have an essentially dark view of the world and human affairs," Colville has said. “Anxiety is the normality of our age."’

(Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press, thestarphoenix.com © 2010 - 2013 Postmedia Network Inc.)

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