Childhood Imaginations: of Kings and Queens and Stuff Like That
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‘Childhood Imaginations: of Kings and Queens and Stuff Like That‘ by Daphne Odjig 1997 – First Nations Woodland Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
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Condition: There is some visible wear and tear on the frame that is not distracting.
Provenance: This painting comes with strong provenance from Gallery Gevic, and from a private collector in Toronto, Ontario.
Description by Artist: No description by the artist was found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: Many of Daphne Odjig’s paintings, going back as far as the 1960s, reflect her recollections of her family life and events. They display her fondness of the child-like fantastical worlds she created for herself during her childhood. Throughout her artistic career, she continues to express themes close to her heart: family, heritage, and cultural values while bringing us with her into her imaginary worlds.
In this beautiful colourful painting, completed in 1997, we see an active scene that shows a royal family with the king father, the queen mother, and a prince. We see several houses, stairs, fences, and yards, perhaps depicting their kingdom. The little prince plays under the watchful loving care of the queen mother while they are protected by the king father watching over them. This work is reminiscent of “My Fantasy World” painted the same year. While Odjig continues to use New Woodland elements in her art, in this period, her palette is clearly wider and brighter with the increased use of mixed colours and a European flair.