THE LAND /16
acrylic on canvas
signed; also signed, dated 1972 and inscribed “New York” on the overflap, also titled and dated on the stretcher
52 ins x 66 ins; 167.6 cms x 132.1 cms
In 1972, Takao Tanabe left New York to accept a summer teaching position at the Banff School of Fine Arts, a move that marked a new stage in his career and an even more radical change in his work. Tanabe took a week to drive from Winnipeg to Banff with the intention of painting the prairies, taking photographs when a scene caught his eye. While the prairies have led other Canadian artists towards abstraction, these paintings were to become Tanabe’s first representational landscapes. According to Elissa Barnard, Tanabe later stated that the landscape is “really rather simple abstraction, the band of sky and the band of land.”
Elissa Barnard, “Tanabe Helped Re-establish Roots of Canadian Art,” The Chronicle Herald (June 3, 2006): F6.
Private Collection, Toronto