Historical Vignette

Prudence Heward (1896-1947), Rollande, 1929, oil on canvas, 139.9 x 101.7 cm

Prudence Heward (1896-1947)Rollande, 1929, oil on canvas, 139.9 x 101.7 cm.
National Gallery of Canada, OttawaPhoto © NGC

Janet Werner’s work lends itself to comparison with that of Prudence Heward (1896-1947), an artist active mainly in Montreal between the two world wars. In an era dominated by the landscape genre, she painted numerous portraits of women. Like Werner’s paintings, they depict psychologically complex characters in troubling poses, questioning the conventional representation of the female figure.