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Music Behind, 1958-1959

Harold Town
Canadian, 1924 - 1990
collage on hardboard, including hardboard backing of a TV set with plastic cone, cardboard package for paint tubes, waxed paper straws, paper labels, stamps and envelope, music sheet, leaf fan, razor blade, thread, fabric, string, Arborite, corrugated cardboard, printed papers, tissue paper, and gouache
103.2 x 102.5 cm
Purchased 1985
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28701)

Harold Town was one of the first Canadian artists to start using collage as a serious technique for artistic expression. "Music Behind" is one of his most important works in this discipline. Interested in texture and the layering of everyday objects, Town uses the back of a television set that belonged to the painter Albert Franck, his friend and patron. Town was part of a group of young painters who began meeting at Franck’s house, initially to watch baseball on television. These artists ultimately went on to form the Painters Eleven.

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