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Philip Surrey

Night

Artist

Philip Surrey
Calgary 1910 – Montreal 1990

Title

Night

Date

1938

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

84.1 x 66.3 cm

Credits

Purchase, A. Sidney Dawes Fund, inv. 1942.751

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Philip Surrey, a founding member and the first treasurer of Montreal’s Contemporary Arts Society, showed his work in the some ten exhibitions it organized from 1939 to 1948. Just like Louis Muhlstock, another repeat member of the Society, he drew inspiration from the city and its indeterminate spaces for his pictures, stamping them with a mysterious temper. Night is one of the most eloquent examples: the line and shadow of trees in a typical Montreal alleyway frame two human figures, lending the painting a dramatically eerie atmosphere.

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