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Bobak, Molly Lamb, "Forced Spring"
Artist Bobak, Molly Lamb
Object Name Painting
Object Type painting, oil
Title Forced Spring
Date 1965
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions H-82 W-122 cm
Description Molly Lamb Bobak was encouraged and directed towards an education in the arts at an early age. Her career and reputation as an artist was launched primarily when she became the first woman to officially be appointed as a Canadian war artist in 1945. After serving in the war, she settled in New Brunswick with her husband and focused on teaching, while remaining a practicing artist. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, as well as illustrated numerous children’s books. Bobak is recognized for her water colour scenes, where she presents crowds of people or floral arrangements, which is evidenced in the featured painting this week, Forced Spring. Bobak paints these scenes full of emotion, as she sees them as representing an occasion, rather than the subject itself. She attempts to capture nature and the emotion that accompanies the fleeting moments of spring, just as the title, Forced Spring, suggests,
Credit line Estate of Gladys MacDougall, 1988
Catalog Number 1989.001.001