1897 - 1991
Women on a Knoll
oil on board
14 3/4 x 10 in, 37.5 x 25.4 cm
Available for post auction sale. CAD
Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave
Collection of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Winnipeg
Regina Seiden studied under William Brymner and Maurice Cullen, and was an early member of Montreal's Beaver Hall Group. As a woman from a Jewish immigrant community who was situated within a male-dominated discipline, Seiden established herself as a unique artist with her Impressionist use of colour and her celebration of femininity: her subjects were predominately landscapes, genre scenes, and portraits of women who, though constrained by expected societal roles, exhibit a sense of grace and individual character.
In Women on a Knoll, Seiden sets her subjects in a dreamy, unrestrained landscape. Two mysterious female nudes stand on a grassy hill amidst a hazy woodland, loosely rendered with daubs of green and yellow. Seiden effectively visualizes the quality of moonlight, which floods the canvas with an impressionistic ambiance. The pair of figures are graceful, rendered in soft contours and blurred greenish tones that seem to merge with the faint, imprecise landscape. The toss of the standing figure's hair is set against the translucent drapery of a delicate orange scarf, both recalling the curl of the crescent moon hanging in the sky. Women on a Knoll expresses Seiden’s vision of female companionship in a romantic pastoral fantasy.
Seiden’s work has most recently has been featured in the exhibition Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment (June 2022 – January 2023), circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with the support of the National Gallery of Canada.
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