Franklin Carmichael

The Upper Ottawa, near Mattawa

1924
In the manner of his contemporaries F.H. Varley and Arthur Lismer, Carmichael structured this composition around the solid form of a single pine tree. The painting shows Carmichael’s favoured high and precipitous viewpoint, which characterizes many of his panoramic landscape paintings. The simplified forms of the tree and rock are arranged to highlight patterns found in nature and demonstrate the artist’s interest in mass and volume.
Title
The Upper Ottawa, near Mattawa
Date
1924
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
101.5 x 123.1 cm ; framed 111 x 132 x 4.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1936
Accession number
4271

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