Jean Paul Lemieux

The Distant City

1956
For Jean Paul Lemieux, the city was a source of anxiety, and he most often depicted it from a distance. Here, we are offered but a glimpse of the city situated on the elongated horizon and obscured by the rise of the hill. Inspired by both "kakemonos" (tall vertical scrolls) and "makimonos" (long horizontal scrolls) of Japanese art, Lemieux embraced the compositional hurdles created by these formats.
Title
The Distant City
Date
1956
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
49.1 x 110.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1957
Accession number
6685

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