Will Gorlitz

Literatus with Vessel

1989
Will Gorlitz's paintings habitually and deliberately challenge straightforward viewing. This diptych of a plum tree in bloom was recorded at the Arboretum at the University of Guelph, a location of interest to the artist as it is neither a wild, nor strictly cultivated landscape. Carefully rendering light and shadow and the many lush floral details of the setting, Gorlitz places his landscape in a corner as a nod to nineteenth-century dioramas that engulfed viewers in a depiction of the Real. In this case, however, the noticeable gap between the two panels disrupts the realism of the scene, highlighting one of the basic conventions of painting: the flatness of the picture plane.
Artist
Title
Literatus with Vessel
Date
1989
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
201 x 267 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of an anonymous donor, 2012
Accession number
45762