The Defiant Spirit of Prudence Heward

ACI releases free ebook on Prudence Heward

LEFT: Prudence Heward, Negress with Flower, n.d., oil on canvas, 20 x 17 cm, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa RIGHT: Prudence Heward, Farmer’s Daughter, 1945, oil on canvas, 61.2 x 51.2 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Prudence Heward’s searing and psychologically complex portraits were anything but ladylike. Heward continually challenged contemporary depictions of her gender, from her portraits of strong, independent women with piercing gazes to her interest in representing both White and Indigenous and Black women and children. To learn more, read the ACI’s free online art book Prudence Heward: Life & Work by Julia Skelly, Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University.