HAROLD TOWN "CHARLIE CHAPLIN AT THE CIRCUS" 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 1950's with a series of unique prints ("Single Autographic Prints") that included elements of collage. In 1956, he represented Canada at the Venice Biennale with these works.
Over the course of the following decades, the artist continued to reinvent his aesthetic, regularly changing medium and mood.
This work is a superlative example of Town’s fascination with the cinema and Hollywood characters. This exploration began in 1971 with the drawing collection, “Silent Stars, Sound Stars, Film Stars,” that examined onscreen personas of popular hollywood characters.
In “Charlie Chaplin at the Circus,” the iconic comedian is on his toes, turned away from the viewer and contemplatively looking upwards.
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Signed, dated, and inscribed by artist on the verso.
Graphite on paper
23"H 16"W (work)
Very good condition.
Provenance: the Estate of Harold Town
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