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Paul-Émile Borduas

Babylonian Nun and Priest

Artist

Paul-Émile Borduas
Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, 1905 – Paris 1960

Title

Babylonian Nun and Priest

Date

1948

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

55.1 x 47.4 cm

Credits

Gift of Dr. Jacques Dansereau, inv. 1986.4

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Babylonian Nun and Priest shows two "figures” – female on the left, male on the right – painted with the palette knife, in a sort of mysterious landscape. These faceless figures (the "nun”'s face seems to be veiled) have an imposing hieratic presence, and the work emanates a special dreamlike atmosphere.

© Estate of Paul-Émile Borduas / SOCAN (2020)

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