JOYCE WIELAND "SELF PORTRAIT" DRAWING, 1965
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.
Notably, she was the first female artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Gallery (Ottawa) in 1971 and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) in 1987.
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 her self or "woman". While this work has been claimed as a self-portrait it is a version of the artist poised, contemplative and elegant.
This drawing is more nuanced that some of the other images of Wieland's women that we have offered in the past. Nevertheless it rings true of her mastery, creative dynamism and dedication to sharing her own experiences.
Joyce Wieland works can be found in numerous public collections across Canada including the National Gallery, Museum London and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) to mention a few.
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Signed by the artist.
Pencil on paper
Canada, circa 1965
10"H 8"W (work, visible)
17.5"H 15.5"W (framed)
Very good condition
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