• The Cello in Art (14) – Edwin Holgate

While writing my preceding post on Canadian artists, I read through my copy of The McMichael Canadian Art Collection (1989) and chanced upon this painting.  The Cellist (1923) is by Edwin Holgate (1892-1977).  Holgate became associated with the landscape-oriented Group of Seven after its heyday and is primarily known for his portraits.  Not perhaps one of the more extrovert examples of the cello in art in these occasional postings, but I like its strong lines and colour palette.  Holgate also brings a physical intensity and an almost 3-D realism to his study of a cellist engrossed in her playing.


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