EDWIN HEADLEY HOLGATE (1892-1977), Canadian
Woodcut on japon paper; signed and numbered 11/30 in pencil to margin.
11.25" x 8.5" — 28.6 x 21.6 cm.
Holgate’s treatment of interior rooms was not dissimilar to his treatment of a portrait or a landscape. The interior alone is the main subject. Gagnon in his chapter on Holgate’s rural works states, “Holgate made several images – both prints and paintings – of French-Canadian interiors, not in order to show human figures in their habitual setting, but (since in most cases they are entirely devoid of figures) as ends in themselves. The only subject, in these unusual works, is the interior.”
Rosalind Pepall and Brian Foss (eds.), Edwin Holgate, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, 2005, for François-Marc Gagnon’s chapter entitled, “Edwin Holgate and Rural Life” and page 34, cat. no. 170 for Labrador Kitchen (Collection of the National Gallery of Canada), reproduced.