OTTAWA, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian War Museum joins all
Canadians in mourning the passing of Alex Colville, one of the
country's most accomplished and celebrated artists. Mr. Colville's
exceptional work as an official war artist during the Second World War
is especially prized at the War Museum, where it continues to enhance
public understanding of human conflict in general and Canada's wartime
experience in particular. The Museum is currently planning a special
exhibition of his works to honour his memory.
The Museum's Beaverbrook War Art collection includes over 340 of Mr.
Colville's oil paintings, watercolours and sketches from that era. The
holdings include iconic works such as Infantry, near Nijmegen,
currently on loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery; and Bodies in a Grave,
Belsen, which Mr. Colville painted after visiting the Nazi
concentration camp soon after its liberation in 1945.
"Alex Colville's genius as a war artist stemmed from his ability to
capture the human dimension of armed conflict through his creative
interpretation of what he saw and experienced," said Laura Brandon, an
art historian and Acting Director of Research at the Canadian War
Museum. "His work will forevermore enhance our understanding of war in
general, and the service and sacrifice of Canadians who served overseas
during Second World War."
Mr. Colville's work was featured prominently in the 2005 War Museum
exhibition Art and War - Australia, Britain, and Canada in the Second
World War, an international production marking the 60th anniversary of
the end of the Second World War. In 2000, he was well represented in
the travelling exhibition Canvas of War, Masterpieces from the Canadian
War Museum. That year, the War Museum also displayed a selection of his
paintings in Colville at War: Watercolours, 1944-1945.
Alex Colville enlisted in the Canadian Infantry in 1942. In 1944 he was
appointed an official war artist and painted in England, France,
Holland and Germany. The bleak existentialist view of the world
reflected in his later paintings has been attributed to his wartime
The Canadian War Museum is Canada's national museum of military history.
Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada's military
history in its personal, national, and international dimensions.
SOURCE: Canadian War Museum
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