Portrait of Louise Comfort

Bertram Brooker

BIRTH YEAR 1888
BIRTH PLACE Surrey, England
DEATH YEAR 1955
DEATH PLACE Toronto, Ontario

Here, artist Bertram Brooker presents a carefully drawn sketch of Louise Comfort, who appears to be absorbed in a book. With fine cross-hatched lines, Brooker creates a contrast between light and shadow within a dynamic composition. One of Canada’s first abstract artists, Brooker was a skilled draftsman, graphic artist, and painter, who dedicated his life to art. Upon moving to Toronto in 1921, Brooker’s home served as a meeting place for many artists, including Paraskeva Clark, Kathleen Munn, and Charles Comfort, whose wife, Louise, is portrayed here.

MEDIUM Ink and graphite on paper
DATE c. 1938
DIMENSIONS 30cm x 37.5cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 1474
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A carefully drawn sketch of a woman seated in an armchair reading a book. One leg is crossed over her knee and she is resting her elbows on the arms of the chair. Her head is down. The drawing is executed with thin, parallel lines that crosshatch to produce shadow.

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