Edwin Holgate

Totem Poles, Gitsegukla

1927
On a trip to British Columbia with A.Y. Jackson and Canadian anthropologist Marius Barbeau, Holgate sketched scenes of Indigenous villages along the Skeena River between Kitwanga and Hazelton. Here, the artist depicts a scene from the Gitsxan village of Gitsegukla, the totem poles framing the distant mountains. This trip brought Holgate closer to the Group of Seven and eventually led to an invitation to join the Group as an extended member in 1930.
Title
Totem Poles, Gitsegukla
Date
1927
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
80.9 x 81.1 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1939
Accession number
4426