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BART PRAGNELL. Untitled, city view, . Mendel Art Gallery. Gift of Ernest Lindner

BARTLEY ROBILLIARD PRAGNELL, b. 1907, Caron, Saskatchewan, d. 1966, Edmonton, Alberta. Pragnell studied at the Winnipeg School of Art under L. L. FitzGerald and later in a summer class at the Chicago Art Institute. He lived and worked in Moose Jaw during the '30s, but remained closely attached to painters in Saskatoon. This small view of a city in winter was probably done in the early '30s. It has a cubist-derived clarity combined with stylization common to American Scene painters of the era. After service in the RCAF during W.W.II, Pragnell taught and worked in Winnipeg, Vermont, and California between 1949 and 1958. In 1959 he returned to Canada, living first in Lethbridge. His last years were spent in Edmonton, where he taught at the University of Alberta. His most significant work appears to be his watercolours from the '30s.


TERRY FENTON