WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.
PRAIRIE CHILDREN FETCHING FIREWOOD
oil on board
signed with initials and dated ‘67
12.5 ins x 15 ins; 31.3 cms x 37.5 cms
Kurelek writes that fetching firewood was one chore that he never liked. He could carry the wood by armfuls to the house from the woodpile, but that meant too much trudging through the snow. Better to load up the sleigh and if Winnie would push, that made it easier: “So hauling wood was a regular chore. If the woodpile was snowed in, William had to dig for the logs.” In “Prairie Children Fetching Firewood” we see a young boy, probably Kurelek, splitting logs while a young girl, perhaps his sister Winnie, is loading the sleigh.
William Kurelek, “A Prairie Boy’s Winter, Paintings and Story by William Kurelek”, Montreal, 1973, Plate 13, entitled “Hauling Firewood”.
The Estate of the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson and Maryon Pearson.
Private Collection, Toronto.