HAROLD TOWN "FOUR NUDES" DRAWING, 1984
Harold Town (1924-1990) remains one of the best-known and most intriguing artists from the "Painters Eleven" group.
Town's reputation was established in the late 1950s with a series of mysterious unique prints ("Single Autographic Prints") that included collage elements. In 1956, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale with these works.
Over the following decades, the artist continued to reinvent his aesthetic, regularly changing medium and mood.
This intimate line drawing, from the last chapter of the artist's career, features a group of four women, their graceful figures brought to life through smooth, curvilinear lines that accentuate the gentle curves of their bodies. It is both evocative of Ingres and Matisse for the simplicity and sensuality.
Remarkably pared down, this drawing offers a look at Town's incredible ability as a draftsman. His confident and stylized linework is bold yet met with an air of restraint, making this work an excellent example of his innate creative intuition.
Today, Town's work is represented in prestigious collections across North America including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Guggenheim (New York).
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Graphite on illustration board
Signed and dated Aug 23.84 by the artist
Estate labels verso
20.5"H 16.5"W (work)
27.75"H 23.5"W (framed)
Very good condition.
Newly framed with museum glass
Provenance: The Estate of Harold Town
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