William Kurelek

Canadian, 1927–1977

The Dream of Michael Negrich, 1966

gouache on masonite

75 x 151 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of Ronald D. Macdonald

© Estate of William Kurelek, courtesy of the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto




There is an other worldly, apocalyptic quality to the confluence of billowing clouds, grain elevators, erupting volcano, moon, flying teacups, seagulls, and the Virgin Mary. In the foreground, the semi-prone figure of Michael Negrich rests alongside a black dog among wild flowers. To the left of these figures,the grassy prairie field opens to reveal an underworld populated by the face of a demon peering at two children playing with a toy farm and vehicles.

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