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Stargazing

Portraits of Celebrities in the Arts from the 19th and 20th centuries

October 9, 2004 to January 9, 2005

Stargazing

William Strang
British, 1859-1921
Portrait of Rudyard Kipling 1898
etching on laid paper
Gift of Sir Edmund Walker Estate, 1926
©2004 Art Gallery of Ontario

This selection from the Gallery's substantial collection of portraits reveals a range of attitudes towards artists, writers and performers. From the formal portraits at the beginning of the nineteenth century to early twentieth century caricatures and surrealist fantasies, the artistic personality of the sitter is explored in turn as genius, mentor and muse.

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