Philip Surrey

Plaza Café

c. 1955
Each individual is alone, cut off. Each wonders how others cope with life. – Philip Surrey, c. 1949 A friend and student of F.H. Varley, Surrey was a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Society. Here, he depicts a Montreal café, carefully staging the anonymous figures to convey a sense of loneliness. In the 1930s Surrey’s work increasingly expressed the human experience in the throes of the Great Depression.
Title
Plaza Café
Date
c. 1955
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on masonite
Dimensions
30.4 x 40.7 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1955
Accession number
6417

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