Past Exhibitions

Mary Pratt, Red Currant Jelly, 1972, oil on masonite, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC/MBAC

Mary Pratt: This Little Painting

12 March - 22 May

This exhibition tells the story behind the work Red Currant Jelly, 1972 which Mary Pratt affectionately calls "this little painting". Within the context of a selection of key early and more recent paintings, study materials, prints and a short film interview with Pratt produced by Toronto filmmaker Mark Bennett, the exhibition analyses Red Currant Jelly and its relationship to Pratt’s work and technique. Painted in a realist style strongly associated with Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Pratt’s paintings contemplate everyday rituals and the themes they invoke: sacrifice, love and familial duty, and the inevitable and ever-fleeting passage of time.

Co-curated by National Gallery of Canada Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Jonathan Shaughnessy, and The Rooms Curator of Contemporary Art, Mireille Eagan.

Image: Mary Pratt, Red Currant Jelly, 1972, oil on masonite, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Photo © NGC/MBAC

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