This is a really tough one. As much as I love the three primary concerns of this book (writers, art and Canadian landscapes), I really don’t love Hartman’s style of portraiture. Aside from his sitters all looking ugly and misshapen, I don’t care for the way their heads and upper bodies are floating above their chosen landscapes, with no connection between the two. It’s a strange choice since each writer contributed a piece about their relationship with the terrain. Why not show them actually in it?
I love everything about this. The carpet, the drape of the dresses, the wall panelling, the toys and sheet music strewn about, the pattern on the draperies, the decorative branches, the chair upholstery, the reflection in the mirror, the tiles in the fireplace, the look of ‘Maybe it’s time you all headed home’ on Grandma’s face.
Oh, I love this one. Amazing. The National Gallery (the UK one, not Canada) has more details and a zoomable version, which I highly recommend.