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Unrestrained Merrymaking, 1961

Kenneth Lochhead
Canadian, 1926 - 2006
tempera and gesso on masonite
91.5 x 122 cm
Purchased 1961
National Gallery of Canada (no. 9522)

"Unrestrained Merry Making" demonstrates Lochhead’s experimentation with spontaneous and gestural techniques, and is evidence of a two-year period during which black, grey and white dominated his palette. International trends in modern art, Zen Buddhism, and the Eastern tradition of ink and brush painting were major influences in Lochhead’s art in the early 1960s.

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