National Gallery of Canada
Edgar Price 1939
Oil on masonite
Gift of an anonymous donor, 2007
© The Humphrey Estate
In 1939, Jack Humphrey began painting the poor urban children of Saint John, delineated with fine draftsmanship in closely cropped compositions that focus our attention on the children’s melancholy gazes. No distinguishing features define their environment but here the restricted palette of browns and blacks evokes an environment of poverty and hopelessness and ultimately a decade of our history.