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Item Name: Painting
Title: September
Maker: Stanley Brunst
Year: 1937
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour on paper
Measurements: overall: 22 cm x 29.5 cm
ID Number: PC91.1

Extended Label Info: This watercolour study of the Qu’Appelle valley in autumn is reminiscent of the land around Saskatoon where the artist, Stanley Brunst lived from 1923 to 1941. Though this image is quite representational, it is not typical of watercolour landscapes from this time. Using gouache or opaque watercolour pigments, Brunst has incorporated a great deal of texture and layered his colours in a manner similar to methods used in oil painting. Brunst was very interested in abstraction, and consciously developed his work using ideas from Cubism and Art Deco, experimenting with simplification, perspective, patterning, colour and nonrepresentational images, which may be seen in the variety of approaches to landscape incorporated into Brunst’s work. Stanislaw Ernst Brunst (1894 - 1962) had very little formal art education, but took night classes at the University with Gus Kendardine during the Depression years. As a member of Ernest Lindner's Art Association of Saskatchewan (which formed in 1939) Brunst took part in lively salon discussions and exhibited his work with other Saskatoon based artists. In 1941, Brunst moved to Vancouver and though he continued to work as a dry-cleaner, his artwork was exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and he participated in the local arts community with artists Lawren Harris and Emily Carr. In 1982, the Mendel Art Gallery (now Remai Modern) organized a retrospective of his work. In 2010, several of Brunst’s works were included in Dunlop Art Gallery’s exhibition, “Cynthia Girard: The Black Glove and the Peacock”. Brunst's work is held in numerous private and public collections, including Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.