September 17, 2015 by: Natalie Fleming
Professor Reinhard Reitzenstein in Beyond the Pines: Homer Watson and the Contemporary Canadian Landscape, on view from September 24th – January 1st at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24, 7–9 pm
Homer Watson is considered to be one of the founders of the Canadian landscape painting tradition. He aimed to give a ‘truthful representation’ of the Canadian wilderness in his work, as distinct from the more romanticized style found in depictions of the English and European countryside. Contemporary Canadian artists looking at landscape must also find a way to access the ‘truth’ of a subject that is not only strongly represented in our national artistic history, but one that is both deeply political and personal. Placing contemporary work by emerging and established artists alongside that of Watson illustrates the universality of the quest to appreciate and capture the landscape in which we live.