JOYCE WIELAND "FIRE MUSE" DRAWING
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 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.
Many of her innovative creations predate similar works by female artists of the late 20th century - Tracey Emin's crotchet works are one of several examples.
Beginning in the 1960s, Wieland explored the role of women, the body, nationalism and 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 throughout history.
The artist's work in this area was the subject of a major exhibition, Joyce Wieland: The Female Nude, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2000.
This drawing exemplifies Wieland's confident --and vibrant-- depictions of sexuality and intimate forms.
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 1980
Graphite and colored pencil on paper
13"H 6"W (visible)
21"H 12"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
Very good condition.
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