Friday, March 23, 2012

Artwork of the Week


Dinnertime on the Prairies, William Kurelek, 1963. Oil on masonite.
McMaster University Collection, Hamilton, Ontario

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Dinnertime on the Prairies is best described by the artist himself. On the label for the back of the painting Kurelek wrote, “This is an intuitive painting. I was wondering how to paint a Western religious painting and suddenly this idea came to me so it is open to interpretation. The meaning I put on it is that sin, which crucifies Christ over and over, can just as easily happen on a summer day on a Manitoba farm as anywhere else. The farmer and his sons doing the fencing may have had an argument just before dinner or one of them may have enjoyed a lustful thought. Or got an idea how to revenge himself on neighbours, etc.”
To preview the exhibition and learn more about William Kurelek, visit: kurelek.ca.

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