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Source: artgalleryofontario, The Elements, 1916, artist: J.E.H. MacDonald (Canadian)
Critique: A piece of one of the iconic (cliche?) Canadian artists of the Group of Seven The Elements is a fascinating piece in the cannon of Group of Seven work because it contains a rare beast of the Canadian Shield: humans. Their form is limited, indicated only by form and colour from their background. They are over powered by their environment. Which is only fitting for a classic Canadian piece. They are places neatly using the rule of thirds, with a number of prominent lines in the piece pointing towards them. Using scale the artist has made them miniscule and minor to the painting. Taking up a tiny portion. But given it’s a Group of Seven artists, they’re lucky to be there at all.
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