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The Distant City, 1956

Jean Paul Lemieux
Canadian, 1904 - 1990
oil on canvas
49.1 x 110.3 cm
Purchased 1957
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6685)

For Jean Paul Lemieux, the city was a source of anxiety, and he most often depicted it from a distance. Here, we are offered but a glimpse of the city situated on the elongated horizon and obscured by the rise of the hill. Inspired by both "kakemonos" (tall vertical scrolls) and "makimonos" (long horizontal scrolls) of Japanese art, Lemieux embraced the compositional hurdles created by these formats.




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