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Composition with Caribou and Bird, 1983-1984

Pudlo Pudlat
Canadian (Inuit), 1916 - 1992
lithograph with coloured pencil and black felt pen on wove paper
56.7 x 76.7 cm
Gift of Dorothy M. Stillwell, M.D., 1987
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29919)

In this combination print and drawing, Pudlo experiments with structuring his images. Once the flattened caribou/musk-ox form was drawn on the lithographic stone and printed, Pudlo drew on and around it to complete the composition. Various versions were made, allowing Pudlo, in the words of master lithographer Wallace Brannen, "to take something halfway through, stop, rework it, and start again." Pudlo's drawings and lithographs of the early 1980s are probably his most abstracted works, with the greatest focus on composition.

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