Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father), 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14946)
Between 1961 and 1968, the motif of a "walking woman" in silhouette, dressed and undressed, dominated the art of Toronto artist Michael Snow. Working in painting, sculpture, and film, the artist used this motif in more than 200 works of art to explore issues of perception; the use of colour, line, and two- and three-dimensional space; and the relationship between figure and ground. The title of this work refers to Snow's completion of the painting on the day his father died in February of 1963.