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Item Name: Print
Title: La plonge
Maker: William Perehudoff
Year: 1976
Country: Canadian
Measurements: in frame: 96 cm x 79 cm; work: 74 cm x 53 cm
ID Number: PC2017.32
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


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. The title gives clarity to what people can derive from this piece. La Plonge meaning “The plunge” in French and is also a glacial lake located in Saskatchewan. The literal meaning might refer to the act of taking the plunge (i.e. taking a risk) and maybe a reference to the lake through its horizontal lined imagery. This metaphorical plunge can manifest itself differently to anyone who views it. 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.