oil on masonitehuile sur masonite
- 121.9 x 152.6 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Purchased 1965 (no. 14761)Musée des beaux-arts du Canada; achat en 1965 (no 14761)
Having grown up within and among Ukrainian families near Stonewall, Manitoba, Kurelek developed an interest in how cultural practices, such as weddings, survived and evolved among displaced immigrant communities. “On the day of the wedding,” Kurelek recollects, “people would begin arriving before noon, each family being greeted by special invitation music played by a country orchestra.” However, more than just a wedding scene, Manitoba Party resonates with Kurelek’s telltale religious symbolism, from the cruciform tent poles to the tent itself, an enclosing force that, like his Roman Catholic Church, unites all manner of people in one faith.
(William Kurelek, An Immigrant Farms in Canada, unpublished notes for art exhibition at The Isaacs Gallery, Toronto, 1964.)
All photographs of William Kurlek's work are © the Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto.Toutes les photographies des oeuvres de William Kurelek proviennent de la © Succession de William Kurelek.