JOYCE WIELAND "VICTORIAN GIRL" DRAWING, 1980
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of the most accomplished and versatile Canadian artists of the 20th century. Emerging on the Toronto art scene at the beginning of the 1960s, over the course of her career Wieland explored the role of women, the body, nationalism, and intimacy using a variety of mediums.
As well as drawing and painting, the artist utilized untraditional materials such as quilts and lipstick. Traditionally seen as feminine and craft-like, Wieland renegotiated the ‘low art’ or inherently misogynistic labels of these materials, engaging with feminist dialogue in subject matter and medium.
All biographies of the artist have noted that she was an artist constantly sketching, doodling and drawing. One of her most common subjects was stylized, cartoon or idealized versions of herself, at different points in her life or history or "woman" in general.
This drawing features a young girl posed in fancy clothes evocative of the Victorian era with an expression of sadness on her face. Her dark hair and the shadow from the hat above her slightly down-turned face intensify the dark cloud surrounding this subject.
This nuanced drawings rings true of her mastery, creative dynamism and dedication to sharing female experiences.
Wieland's works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto).
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Untitled ("Victorian Girl")
Canada, circa 1980
Ink on paper
Initialed by the artist.
5.5"H 4"W (visible)
12"H 10.5"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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