Art lovers are upset over a decision by the Canadian government to replace two beloved paintings with a portrait of the Queen in June, just before the Royal visit of William and Kate. The historic paintings by Quebec modern master Alfred Pellan had been shown prominently in a government building in Ottawa since 1973. They were removed when it was decided that the wall in question should be a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II instead.
Although Pellan is viewed as one of Canada’s pioneering modern artists, these large, brightly-colored paintings are more traditional. Called “Canada West Canada East,” they show two coasts — one with details such as totem poles and the Coastal Mountains, the other featuring fishermen, moose and sailboats.
Village – Alfred Pellan, 1934