Blizzard Seventy Seven
oil on canvas
40.5 × 30.5 cm
Inv. No. 0053
Peter Doig’s weather situations play a special role in Magic Realism. In the months during which the large formats take on form (and lose it once again) the weather often changes – sunshine can become fog, and vice versa.
In a painting that depicts a Toronto station and the surrounding landscape, the skyline is overlaid with yellow and brown patches, as if hidden behind a blizzard. The image, with its modernistic group of high-rises, is free of the disturbing influences of the weather even if the dirty, pale colours of the coming storm seem to already carry it in themselves. The grey is dealt with like the white; Peter Doig paints it as if it contained every possible colour.
Based on a postcard, the picture has autobiographical references. When Doig’s family moved from the province into Toronto proper in 1974, it was a very exciting experience for Doig since he had never lived in a large city before. However, it was not until 25 years later, in London, that he painted the urban landscape of Toronto – rails, houses, interstitial spaces – in a number of “shots”.
Wolfgang Kos, 2005 (translation: Tim Sharp)
Nach Rokytník. The collection of EVN, MUMOK, Vienna, 2005
mega: Manifeste der Anmaßung, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, 2002
There is something you should know. Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, 2000
Peter Doig, Blizzard seventy-seven [Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Trustees of the Whitechapel Art Gallery 1998], Kiel/Nuremberg/London 1998