In the 1940s FitzGerald turned to coloured chalks, pen and ink, and sometimes oil on a palette knife. After his death a set of self-portraits and drawings of the nude were found, unusual for the shy painter. He painted the apple in all media and was stimulated by visits to the West Coast. Retired in 1949, he painted From an Upstairs Window in 1951, one of his best works. On a trip to BC he met Lawren HARRIS and afterwards did pen and ink studies with thousands of tiny dots and dashes shaping the forms. Still Life with Hat (1955) creates his characteristically mysterious world, made with weightless cross-hatching. By Autumn Sonata (1954) and Abstract in Blue and Gold (1955), FitzGerald became totally abstract. The surface rhythms give way to a smooth brushstroke. His entire body of work is distinguished by a painstaking, original way of handling brush, pen, pencil, crayon or paintbrush to get his own look and texture.
Author ANNE MCDOUGALL
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