Homer Watson

The Flood Gate

c. 1900-1901
Watson was the first Canadian artist to sell a painting to the Marquis of Lorne for Queen Victoria's collection and was the first elected artist to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In this work he uses dramatic lighting to portray the human struggle against the forces of nature. The artist’s contemporaries drew a parallel between this work and those of English Romantic artist John Constable because of their similar style and subject matter.
Artist
Title
The Flood Gate
Date
c. 1900-1901
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas, mounted on plywood
Dimensions
86.9 x 121.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1925
Accession number
3343