Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
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JOYCE WIELAND, R.C.A.
Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, ON;
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
Joyce Wieland, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1987, plate 64, illus. in colour;
Canadian Art Magazine, Mar 15 - Jun 14 1987, illustrated in colour
Joyce Wieland - Artists with their work, Forest City Gallery, London, ON, 12 Feb - 10 Mar 1982;
Joyce Wieland Retrospective, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 16 Apr - 28 Jun 1987. Subsequently travelled to Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PE; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB; MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK. cat. no. 107.
A favourite subject of 17th and 18th century painters, The Flight into Egypt was drawn from the Gospel of Saint Matthew (2:13-15), in which God tells Joseph to flee to Egypt with Mary and the newborn Jesus, as Herod would seek to kill the child. Tiepolo used the subject as the basis for several works, including one of his earliest paintings in 1720, six pen-and-ink drawings, and a 1745 altarpiece in the church of Santi Massimo e Osvaldo in Padua, as well as four other interpretations during the final years of his life.
Wieland’s biographer Iris Nowell notes that “though not a copier, Joyce found several artists irresistible, chief among them Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Pierre Purvis de Chavannes, François Boucher, Picasso, and de Kooning.” Of Tiepolo’s work, Wieland admired its sumptuousness, remarking on “the light, the movement, the power of expression, the glorification of the city [Venice] itself.”
This painting was included in the Joyce Wieland Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, April 16–June 28, 1987. The exhibition subsequently travelled to Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton; and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina.
Iris Nowell, Joyce Wieland: A Life in Art (ECW Press: Toronto, 2001), 170-171.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Royal Academy of Arts
Good/Very good condition.
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