Jock Macdonald

Pilgrimage

1937
Macdonald, a pioneer in abstract painting and a teacher at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, explored mysticism found within nature. This painting depicts a veritable pilgrimage of abstracted figures walking into the depths of a forest. The pathway is both earthly and unearthly, shaped by strong patterning, stylization of natural forms and heightened colour. As the figures seemingly disappear into the foliage, the viewer is implicitly invited to join them on their spiritual quest.
Title
Pilgrimage
Date
1937
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
78.6 x 61.2 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1976
Accession number
18627

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