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Artist
¤ Lynn Donoghue

Date of Work
¤ 1980

Accession Year
¤ 1984

Accession Number
¤ 1984.1

Location
¤ In storage

Media
¤ Painting



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Lynn Donoghue: William Kimber with Mme. Moitessier 1980

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Lynn Donoghue
(b. 1953 Red Lake, Ontario; d. 2003 Toronto, Ontario)

William Kimber with Mme. Moitessier 1980
oil on canvas
152.3 x 213.6 cm
Purchased, 1984
Mount Saint Vincent University Collection
1984.1

The Toronto painter Lynn Donoghue dedicated her practice to portraiture using an unconventional painting process. She talked with her subjects during their multiple sittings, rarely relying on photographs or preliminary sketches. Her portraits are correspondingly lively and unconventional.

Going against the prevailing current, Donoghue remarked in the 1970s, “I want to paint people...I always wanted to paint the figure...The notion is that to be a good, serious artist you must work in the abstract. Why am I doing figures: Why am I not doing bananas? ...I paint people to get something. What I get Iím not sure.” (Lynn Donoghue, Toronto Life, 1979)

In this painting, Donoghue juxtaposes a portrait of her friend, William Kimber, with that of Mme. Moitessier, who was painted by the French painter Ingres in 1856. Kimberís hand gesture mimics that of the historical figure, while “...the figure of Mme. Moitessier clearly enhances the image of William Kimber, without intruding on his contemporary space and time. True to the principles of the Ďgrand mannerí, his portrait is embellished, and to a certain extent idealized, by her presence.” (Mary E. MacLachlan, The Cult of Personality: Portraits by Lynn Donoghue exhibition catalogue essay, MSVU Art Gallery, 1984).

Donoghue lived in Toronto, Bath (England), and New York City. She began exhibiting in 1973. Her early exhibited work became a source of controversy when some galleries refused to exhibit the artistís large portraits of nude males. Donoghueís paintings can be found in various Canadian public, corporate and private collections.

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