In the age of the landscape painting, when little credibility was given to the female artist, Montréal-born Prudence Heward (1896–1947) broke popular artistic trends and gender conventions, gaining unusual distinction as a representational figure painter. Well aware of woman’s then-marginal place in the art world, Heward’s works examine and redefine the female artist. Her studies of strong, serious, defiant women set in metaphorical landscapes made her one of the most celebrated artists in Canada during the first half of the 20th century.
Heward’s formal art training began at the Art Association of Montreal (AAM), where she learned drawing and landscape painting. She later moved to France, where she studied with her friend and mentor A.Y. Jackson. Heward first gained widespread repute after an acclaimed exhibition with the Group of Seven in 1928.
Despite her short life (she passed away at age 51), Heward’s influence on Canadian art was substantial. She was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society, served on the executive of the avant-garde Atelier group, and was the most well-recognized and acclaimed member of the famous Montréal-based Beaver Hall Group. Today, her works are found in many esteemed collections, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Association of Montreal, the University of Toronto, and the National Gallery of Canada. As part of Canada Post’s ongoing Art Canada series, a set of commemorative stamps will be issued featuring two of Heward’s masterpieces: At the Theatre (1928) and Rollande (1929).
Title: Prudence Heward
Date of Issue: 2 July 2010
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