JOYCE WIELAND "EROTIC DRAWING 2", CIRCA 1962
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) is one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists. She achieved a level of commercial and critical success in her lifetime that was exceptional for a woman in her era in a male-dominated field.
Wieland established new benchmarks for what was possible for a female artist to achieve. Notably, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery (Ottawa) in 1971.
Beginning in the 1960s, Wieland explored the role of women, the body, nationalism, and (sexual) relationships through a wide variety of media. She was a prolific illustrator and created many intimate works on paper which mocked common portrayals of women (and their sexuality) throughout history.
Many of her innovative artworks predate similar works by female artists of the late 20th century - Tracey Emin's crotchet works or Lisa Yuskavage's exaggerated eroticism are a few of several examples.
In an era where figuration was far from the avant-garde, and women's agency around their sexuality was rarely articulated, Wieland was fearless and uninhibited in depicting her own fantasies, sexuality and freedom.
"Erotic Drawing II" exemplifies Wieland's confident depictions of intimate moments. Gestural and created with a free hand, Wieland dimisses outdated notions of modesty to create images that are sensual and frank. To see another example of Wieland's drawing from this series, click here.
Joyce Wieland's works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery (London) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) to mention a few.
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Canada, circa 1962
Signed by the artist.
Graphite and white pastel on paper.
7"H 10"W (work)
14"H 17"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
Very good condition
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