Historical Vignette

Alex Colville (1920-2013), In the Woods, 1976, acrylic polymer emulsion, 34.2 x 59.3 cm

Alex Colville (1920-2013), In the Woods, 1976, acrylic polymer emulsion, 34.2 x 59.3 cm
Private collection © A.C.Fine Art Inc

Some aspects of Louis-Philippe Côté’s painting are quite similar to the work of the renowned artist Alex Colville (1920-2013). As a war painter with the Canadian army in the early 1940s, Colville developed an interest in representing contemporary experience, which he expresses in rigorously constructed compositions. His sometimes troubling images juxtapose figures and places in a dreamlike manner and seek to create a tension with elements outside the frame, so as to reveal the constructed nature of the pictorial space.