Pierre Dorion

Figure with Pedestal

1991
Dorion's neo-classical arrangement presents the artist as an allegorical figure rather than as a particular individual. Here, in a shallow, stage-like space, he is classically posed as a thinking man surrounded by certain "tools" of his trade that are used to create meaning (a pedestal and a blank picture plane). This series of self-portraits combines opposing painting traditions (representation and abstraction) in order to point to the artist's task of assembling meaning.
Title
Figure with Pedestal
Date
1991
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
244 x 152.7 x 3.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1999
Rights
© Pierre Dorion
Accession number
39853