Gem of the Forest

This artwork shows cartoon-like, smiling Native people in a veritable teepee suburbia, set in an Ontario woodland landscape against a backdrop of western mountains. A sculpted painting (the realistic birch logs curve out from the surface, the opening of the teepee, centre, is inset), this tour-de-force showpiece transformed harsh reality into reassuring, and misleading, fiction.

Richard Stanley Williamson (1877 - 1904)
Canadian Museum of Civilization
oil, plaster on wood
© Canadian Museum of Civilization

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