Woldemar Neufeld's Canada: A Mennonite Artist in the Canadian Landscape 1928-1994

Woldemar Neufeld's Canada: A Mennonite Artist in the Canadian Landscape 1928-1994


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Woldemar Neufeld (1909–2002) emigrated with his Mennonite parents from Ukraine to Canada in 1924. By the late 1920s, he had begun his lifelong project as documentarist, responding especially to the built environment, whether close to his home in southern Ontario or farther afield: northern Ontario, the prairies and the west coast, the Maritimes and Quebec. His work passed through a number of styles, from the coolly abstract to the vividly “realistic.” Although he never abandoned oils, he produced a substantial body of watercolours and block prints—the latter influenced by German Expressionist and Japanese printmaking approaches.

Woldemar Neufeld’s Canada , a record of Neufeld’s Canadian paintings and block prints, explores influences that shaped Neufeld’s career as it developed in Canada during the 1920s and 1930s and came to fruition from 1940s to the 1990s. Early on, Neufeld came into contact with leading Canadian artists, from Homer Watson to members of the Group of Seven. During the 1930s, he began to participate in group and solo exhibitions, including a one-man show at the Vancouver Art Gallery. After studies in Cleveland, he settled in New York City (1945) and New England (1949). Until the 1990s, however, he continued to work in Canada, returning especially to document, in various media, urban and rural landscapes in southern Ontario.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554581900
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 12/21/2009
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Laurence Neufeld and Monika McKillen, based in western Connecticut, are editors of a recent volume of selected American work by Woldemar Neufeld from 1946 to 1995, New Milford Portfolio: Woldemar Neufeld’s Paintings and Block-prints of New Milford, Connecticut. Laurence Neufeld is the son of Woldemar Neufeld.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Woldemar Neufeld’s Canada: A Mennonite Artist in the Canadian Landscape 1925–1995 , edited by Laurence Neufeld and Monika McKillen; text by Hildi Froese Tiessen and Paul Gerard Tiessen

Arrival in Canada 1924–25

Building Bridges

European Roots: Russia

Forgetting Russia

“Russian Mennonites” in Canada

“Ontario Mennonites” and “Waterloo County”

The Canadian Art Scene: Homer Watson and the Group of Seven

Early Years in Canada 1925–35

At Home and Away

Block Printing: Black and White

Art Society of Kitchener

Early Exhibitions

An Emerging Career

Crossing Borders 1935–44

From Canada to Cleveland

Printing and Painting in the Canadian West

Visiting Canada 1945–68

American Neighbourhoods

Excursions into Abstraction

Waterloo Revival 1968–95




Paintings and Drawings

Block Prints

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