Friday, July 2, 2010

Art Canada, Prudence Heward

Canada Post's July 2, 2010 Art Canada series features two masterpieces created by painter Prudence Heward.

Montréal-born Heward (1896-1947) broke popular artistic trends and gender conventions, gaining unusual distinction as a representational figure painter.

Well aware of women’s then-marginal place in the art world, Heward’s works examine and redefine the female artist.

Despite her short life, Prudence Heward’s influence on Canadian art was substantial. She was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society, served on the executive of the avant-garde Atelier group, and was the most well-recognized and acclaimed member of the famous Beaver Hall Group.

The paintings featured on the stamps are: At the Theatre (1928) and Rollande (1929).

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