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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
Welsh Landscape, 1936, 64 x 79 cm :: Collection of Margaret Bridgman
This is by far my favourite of Eric's landscapes: Welsh Landscape; painted in 1936. It resides in the collection of Margaret Bridgman. Margaret is Eric's niece; she's been one of the biggest supporters in the Eric Aldwinckle biography project.

Although it is my favourite, I'm a bit perplexed by this piece. There is no indication that he had left Canada before the war, so I am not convinced it actually represents the Welsh countryside. Although he lived in Wales from 1919 to 1923, I am not of the inclination to believe that Eric had painted this from memory, or from a photograph. Rather than question the date, I suggest that the picture is drawn from a location in Ontario, and he titled the painting “Welsh Landscape” because it triggered a childhood memory.


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When you go up to Whiterock Lake or Whiterock hills, Killarney Hills, you feel as though you’re walking over the bodies of Gods, human beings; it’s an extraordinary experience which you can’t translate except in painting. In other words, I was in love with the landscape and I translated in terms of the human being because as you recognize (or do you?) that this was a human figure, an ambiguous one but nevertheless it’s a figure which is sprawling. And that’s my own poetry.

-Eric Aldwinckle