Untitled (Self Portrait), c. 1955
Oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 16 in.
The Bernard Langlais Collection, Gift of Helen Friend Langlais
July 19, 2014 - January 4, 2015
LOWER JETTÉ GALLERIES,UPPER JETTÉ GALLERIES
Known for his monumental wall reliefs and sculptures of animals from the 1970s, Maine-born artist Bernard Langlais (1921–1977) created a rich and diverse oeuvre in his 56 years. From figurative to abstract painter, from abstract to figurative sculptor, to visionary environment builder, Langlais’ art was driven by a deep sense of place, and an unrelenting search for materials and subjects that reconciled his rural roots with postwar artistic movements and ideologies. In celebration of an extraordinary bequest by the artist's widow, Helen Friend Langlais, of her estate to Colby College in 2010, this exhibition constitutes a long overdue retrospective of Langlais’ dynamic career. The exhibition is drawn primarily from the Colby Museum’s extensive Langlais holdings, and will be accompanied by a major catalogue published by Charta.