“Anne Douglas Savage always appreciated the beauty of the living and the harmony that can be found in nature—in its movements and rest. She refined the atmosphere of her works, rendering them a little mysterious, like a story with indeterminate adventures. Savage managed to capture the free and rhythmic movement of water, and it is her representation of this life source that inspired me to explore the notion of memory and its restitution. Just like her, I used a predominantly cold palette, which encapsulates the idea of a cliché, or a photo suspended in time. In my work, we can see my little brother in the midst of undulating in the water, a moment altered by colour like a memory is being altered by my subconscious. This painting is a reflection of my gratitude towards this ephemeral moment transformed into a remnant of happiness.”
—Wafa Amrouche (Grade 12, École publique secondaire De La Salle, Ottawa, Ontario)
Associated with Montreal’s Beaver Hall Group and a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters, Anne Savage’s (1896–1971) landscape paintings reveal her romantic vision of the harmony between humans and the natural world.