Skip to contentSkip to navigation

Edwin Holgate

The Bathers


Edwin Holgate
Allandale, Ontario, 1892 – Montreal 1977


The Bathers




Oil on canvas


81.3 x 81.3 cm


Purchase, Robert Lindsay Fund, inv. 1937.664


Quebec and Canadian Art

By representing the human figure in a natural setting, Edwin Holgate avoided the controversy fomented by reactionary critics who doubted whether the nude had a place in Canadian art. In The Bathers, the two figures dominate the space of the painting, their heads and curved backs describing a sweeping circular movement. Holgate combined them skilfully with the landscape, through not only the repeated outlines but also the tonalities: the whiteness of the water’s foam is echoed in the towels, and the shades of brown, yellow and green in the rocks and foliage are reflected in the flesh tones.

Add a touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation