2007.005.001
Object Title
Laurentian Landscape
Object Name
Painting
Artist/Maker
Goodridge Roberts
Date Made
1953
Materials
Oil on Board
Catalogue Number
2007.005.001
Dimensions

Length 115.8 cm x Height 81.3 cm

Description

A landscape painting that is a representation of rolling hills with grey outcroppings, in summer green aspect with scrubby heather/juniper interspersed throughout. In the immediate foreground is a flat area with grass and white flowers; in the middle ground is variable terrain with a river visible at the left; in the background are rocky hills covered with grass. The sky in the upper 1/4 of the composition is mottled blue-grey. The whole painting is executed in a loose, Impressionist manner. In black paint in the lower right corner is the artists signature "G. Roberts". The painting is housed in a contemporary plain white wood frame.

History

Goodridge Roberts (1904-1974), Canadian painter, watercolourist and draughtsman, was best known for his landscapes. He was one of the first Canadian painters to treat landscapes with the same respect and emphasis as other genres. 1933 to 1936 he was artist-in-residence at Queen’s University. His style is typified by dynamic, rapid brushwork that results in a loose but descriptive painting that shows a keen appreciation for vast, open spaces. Laurentian Landscape, 1953 is an excellent example of this dynamic style and aptly demonstrates Roberts’ keen appreciation of Canada’s rugged, vast terrain.