Seated Man and Woman with Child, c. 1950-1955
Canadian (Inuit), 1897
green stone and ivory with blacking
11.7 x 27.3 x 21.9 cm
Gift of M.F. Feheley, Toronto, 1984
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28738)
The blockish shape of the stone reinforces the image of family - the group seems as solid and durable as the material itself. Not uncommon for the 1950s, the artist remains unknown. The unfolding of contemporary Inuit art involves many issues of identity - individual, cultural, and professional - as they have been shaped by the artist, the market, and the viewer.