Miller Brittain

The Rummage Sale

1940
Brittain was a founding member of the Canadian Federation of artists and was one of the few Canadian artists to depict social issues infused with satire. In this urban scene he represents the ungainly scramble of bargain hunters during the Depression. Women are pushing, grabbing items from one another, and admiring their discoveries while two children look on with blank expressions. The figures are lit with surprisingly bright colours, including a brilliant red that unites the composition.
Title
The Rummage Sale
Date
1940
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on masonite
Dimensions
63.5 x 50.9 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1976
Accession number
18557

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