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Child and Dog, 1952

Alex Colville
Canadian, 1920 - 2013
glazed tempera on masonite
80.9 x 60.8 cm
Purchased 1954
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6257)
© A.C.Fine Art Inc

Exploring the relationship between animal and human, this painting's juxtaposition of a large black dog and blond, cherubic child (the artist's daughter Ann) is made all the more powerful by the confined compositional space and dominating presence of the animal. Positioning the viewer at the low vantage point of a child, the composition, with its absence of shadows, heightens the ominous feeling created by the encounter between child and dog.

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