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    Alex Colville, Canadian Artist, dies at 92

    He died yesterday. Below is a photo gallery of 20 of his works - and there are many more.

    I think it is him in the first photo - he did have a cat!

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-...073571126.html
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    More than half of the paintings feature a dog, cat or horse! Worth clicking through the gallery. And the story mentions that first one (with the cat in it) sold for the most ever for a Canadian painter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    More than half of the paintings feature a dog, cat or horse! Worth clicking through the gallery. And the story mentions that first one (with the cat in it) sold for the most ever for a Canadian painter.
    Well, of course - there was a cat in it, after all!
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    I just looked through the gallery. Wow! These are stunning! Such incredibly beautiful paintings.

    I never heard of him before this. I think I've missed a lot. Maybe a whole lot of us out there have missed a lot.

    Thanks, Candace.

    Rest in peace, Sir.

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    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Colville

    Colville started as a war artist - kind of like a war photographer. His biographer tells of when he went to Bergen-Belsen after the liberation. There were many dead people and they were being buried in long graves, trenches. He sketched what he saw, but this had a lasting effect on him. His biographer talks about a "code" in his paintings - the placement of people and animals. They are normal scenes but have an odd darkness to them.

    Here is a Google Images gallery: http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&si...mg.pOCUqbKKJpU
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catty1 View Post
    Well, of course - there was a cat in it, after all!
    Yeah, but there are many paintings at the Museum of Bad Art that have cats in them - and they don't even seek for much at all, usually are salvaged from thrift shops or donated by the artists or family members thereof!
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    Karen, you do know I was being facetious, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catty1 View Post
    Karen, you do know I was being facetious, right?
    Yes, but I wanted to point that out anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Yes, but I wanted to point that out anyway!
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