Christiane Pflug

Cottingham School with Yellow Flag

1970-1971
Painting from the rear window of her home studio on Birch Avenue in Toronto, Christiane Pflug focused on the landscapes visible from this limiting vantage point. Painted just five years after the adoption of our current Canadian flag (February 1965), the yellow flag in this work was inspired by the colour in the Christian liturgical calendar that represents the happiness of the season of feasts and festivals. Also of note is that the flag's reflection in the water in the painting's foreground depicts it blowing to the right while the flag is actually flying in the opposite direction. Contrasting with the lush foliage in the middle ground, Pflug's precise treatment of the buildings and hydro lines shows her consciousness of a growing and overwhelming city.
Title
Cottingham School with Yellow Flag
Date
1970-1971
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
152.3 x 127 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2002
Accession number
41078