The Dreamer by Milly Ristvedt, RCA

Year
1983
Medium
Acrylic on Canvas
Size
72 × 42 inches
182.9 × 106.7 cm
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About the Work

Four gestural swaths of colour communicate in lyrical precision – a deep crimson incision above a narrow veil of light blue followed by a dark plumb vertical angle upwards. A sky blue horizontal anchors the dark vertical. Ristvedt is a master colourist and an established icon of Canadian post-painterly abstraction. Early in her career in Toronto in the late 1960s, Ristvedt shared a studio with Canadian painter Jack Bush, met art critic Clement Greenberg and was inspired by American painters Jules Olitiski and Frank Stella. Ristvedt’s work can be found in major public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal, Harvard University, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Agnes Etherington Art Centre and more. Her work has been included in many publications, including Nasgaard’s Abstract Painting in Canada (2014). Ristvedt was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004 and honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Since 1968, Ristvedt has won seven Canada Council awards and two Ontario Arts Council awards. She has had over 50 solo exhibitions and been part of countless group shows.

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