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Item Name: Print
Title: Pieta
Maker: Joe Fafard
Year: 1980
Country: Canadian
Materials: silkscreen 16/60
Measurements: in frame: 72 cm x 96 cm; work: 58.6 cm x 73.8 cm
ID Number: PC2017.17

Extended Label Info: Joe Fafard is widely known for his sculpture, but “Pieta” is an example of his printmaking practice. In this work, a cow is nursing her young calf in a farmer’s field with the background of a dim sky-blue hue. A pietà is a subject in historical Christian art of the Virgin Mary holding her deceased child, Jesus. Likewise, Fafard honours the love of a mother for her child. Fafard while also adopting the colours white and blue, often associated with the Virgin Mary, to accentuate this loving and nurturing relationship. Joseph Hector Yvon Fafard (1942 – 2019) was born in the French-Canadian community of Ste. Marthe, SK. He earned his BFA from the University of Manitoba (1966), MFA at Pennsylvania State University (1968), and taught sculpture at the University of Regina until 1974. In 1985, Fafard opened Julienne Atelier Inc., a bronze foundry in Pense, SK. Joe Fafard has exhibited his work internationally, and received many honours: Officer of the Order of Canada (1981); Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Award (1987); honorary degrees from the University of Regina (1989), University of Manitoba (2007) and University of Saskatchewan (2012); Saskatchewan Order of Merit (2002); National Prix Montfort (2003); Lieutenant Governor’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal for the Arts (2005); CTV Citizen of the Year (2006); and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Achievement Award (2007). His work is held in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.