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Item Name: Print
Title: Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu Lake
Maker: William Perehudoff
Year: 1989
Country: Canadian
Measurements: work: 68.75 cm x 92.5 cm
ID Number: PC2017.23

Extended Label Info: A prominent colour field painter, William Perehudoff is recognized as one of Canada’s leading abstract painters. Influenced by many art movements of the 20th century such as Purism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, Perehudoff liked to strip a painting down to its essentials. His style of simplified forms with minimal detail is very evident in Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu Lake. The landscape is sectioned off in linear blocks with flat planes of colour and the figures assume blocky forms that although are simple and stylized, still convey a sense of the playful fun of summer at the beach. Through the medium of silkscreen, Perehudoff is able to achieve a distinct graphic quality with colour that defines a sense of place in Saskatchewan. His use of combining modernism with identifiable location, such as Waskesiu Lake, contributes to the linage of Canadian art history. William Perehudoff (1918-2013) was born near Saskatoon. Perehudoff studied with the French artist Jean Charlot at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, in 1948-49 and with the French Purist Amedee Ozenfant at the Ozenfant School of Fine Arts, New York, New York, in 1949-50. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he was an active participant in the Emma Lake Artists' Workshops. His work has been widely exhibited in Canada with museum shows at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, the Edmonton Art Gallery and the Glenbow Art Gallery, Calgary as well as exhibitions in commercial art galleries across the country. His work is held in private and public collections in Canada, the US and Europe. In 2011, the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon was host to The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a retrospective featuring over sixty works drawn from public and private Canadian collections.