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Despite the Night No. 2, 1991

Roland Poulin
Canadian, 1940
charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil, wax, paper collage on wove paper
145.5 x 127 cm
Purchased 1992
National Gallery of Canada (no. 36666)

distinguished from "Malgré la nuit no 3" by the reddish colouration of the rectangle "leg" form.
In Poulin's ongoing exploration of the metaphors of death, two massive and sombre, coffin-like forms evoke the sculptural landscape of a cemetery. “Quand on se promène dans un cimetière, parmi les tombes, on sent que l'espace est chargé. Quelque chose est là, presque visible, qui génère un sentiment de plénitude. » Poulin's drawings and sculptures are charged with a quality of evocation, space is energized. Forms slide or fall in the most precariously balanced relations, denying their apparent weight. Yet the artist's evident interest in texture – through rubbing, the use of wax, graphite, charcoal and oil paint and subtle areas of colour – bring the viewer into an intimate proximity with the drawings' form and surface.


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