Matthew Kousal (1902-1990) born in Czechoslovakia, became a prolific painter of landscapes and seascapes, completing over 12,000 works. He was also a teacher, giving lessons from his studio.
In 1927, the family immigrated to Chatham, Ontario, Canada where he established his reputation as a landscape artist. In 1948, he moved to Waterloo, Ontario.
He is a listed Canadian artist with his works in the National Gallery in Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
This painting is one of his early works that I highly prize for it's raw and open exploration of the art of painting. In his latter years, with a demanding public the works are not as free and are more habitual than these breathtaking landscapes.
In a tribute to Matthew Kousal, Peter Etril Snyder, another well-known listed Canadian artist writes:
"We are the products of the many influences in our lives. They are too numerous to mention but for each of us there are a few major contributors. Matthew Kousal, a Czech immigrant, my first art teacher was such a power for me. From my first sighting of his work in the Toronto Weekly, I was impressed by his technique. Five years later when I was finally admitted to one of his Saturday afternoon art classes, I was overwhelmed by his dazzling virtuosity with a painting knife. His success as a teacher and an artist suggested to me that there might be hope for this young Mennonite kid. His role was the first spark that started a fire that lead me to over 40 years as a professional artist. I owe my late friend a great deal." - Peter Etril Snyder
The symbolism of the open road painted here in a most realistic fashion, with a nod to the noted American landscape painter,Robert Wood and the poetry of Walt Whitman (The Open Road) and Arthur Rimbaud (Vagabonds, The Green Inn, etc.) gives us an intimate glance into the future of this great painter, at work, with this brand new painting so many years ago.
Original vintage frame and painting in good condition.
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Frame: 27 1/2" x 33 1/4" Image: 21 1/2" x 27 1/2"