Road to the Lake

Road to the Lake

Henderson was fond of building up views of distant hills with lakes in the mid-ground and a foreground animated by light moving over the grass and the framing tress. This composition was used in such paintings as Road to the Lake, where the foreground is occupied by a rural road, with small figures, who can be identified as Indigenous by their dress, descending toward the brilliant blue of the lake below. Often these views are shown from a slightly higher vantage point, which indicate the spot he chose to do his sketching.

James Henderson
Road to the Lake, c. 1935
oil on canvas
45.7 x 61.0 cm
Collection of James Lanigan, Calgary, AB.