Girdle, August 1963
oil paint and ripolin with collage on masonite
121.5 x 124 cm
Gift of Audrey Loeb and David Ross, Toronto, 2003
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41359)
© Estate of Greg Curnoe / SODRAC (2013)
In the early 1960s Curnoe was exploring the themes of gender and sexuality in his paintings. Figures with cartoon-like stylization were presented in domestic spaces, but with detail in their clothing. In this particular painting, the female figure’s girdle is prominently featured; its pattern attracts the eye, thus addressing the subject’s sexuality.