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Gordon, David
The Spirit of Walt Whitman at Bon Echo
2001

This painting is one of a series by Dave Gordon featuring wilderness landscapes in the tradition of the Canadian “National School” of early twentieth century, in which the artist inserts incongruous portraits of famous personae. The site is Bon Echo Park, where Walt Whitman’s poetry is inscribed on a rock cliff. The owners of the historic Bon Echo Inn, flamboyant suffragist Flora McDonald Denison and her son, writer and broadcaster Merrill Denison, espoused Whitmanesque ideals of individual freedom and spiritual awakening._

 
Gordon, David
London ON 1944
The Spirit of Walt Whitman at Bon Echo
2001
Acrylic on canvas
91.4 x 122.0 cm
Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, 2009
52-002

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