Skaters, Anglesea Square [Patineurs, place Anglesea]

Henri Masson

Date de naissance 1907
Lieu de naissance Namur, Belgium
Date du décès 1996
Lieu du décès Ottawa, Ontario

Do you have a favourite outdoor winter activity? This work by Henri Masson conjures the joys of skating. A prolific painter who remained in Ottawa for the duration of his career, Masson’s subject matter varied from figurative works and landscapes, to cityscapes such as this, which reflect the vibrancy of urban life in Ottawa in the 1930s and 1940s. First established outside a church in Lowertown, Anglesea Square (Ottawa’s oldest square) was sold to create new government buildings, and after they burned down, the square was ultimately turned into a skating rink.

Technique Huile sur aggloméré
DATE 1940
DIMENSIONS 40.6cm x 30.5cm x 0.3cm
Numéro d'acquisition FAC 0957
Détails Collection Firestone d’art canadien, Galerie d’art d’Ottawa Don de la Fondation du patrimoine ontarien à la ville d’Ottawa
Description du catalogue
Loose brushstrokes depict figures skating around on a rink, with bare trees on a snowy hill in the background and various houses against a dark blue sky beyond. The ice surface is painted in warm pinks and mauves, and the people are in green, blue, purple, orange and red; illuminated from an unseen source out of the upper left portion of the painting.

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