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Item Name: Painting
Title: Composition #5
Maker: William Perehudoff
Year: 1967
Country: Canadian
Materials: acrylic on paper
Measurements: overall: 76.4 cm x 61 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.45

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. Here, Perehudoff experimented with building images with simple shapes and colour. Perehudoff was called the architect of colour and this piece demonstrates that as the shapes are reminiscent of buildings in a city skyline or building blocks in a children’s play set. Through this work, Perehudoff creates a sense of play, allowing viewers an opportunity to interpret the work freely. 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.