Tuesday, 27 June 2017
A lady reclines on the deck of a boat, a hat covering her face to block out the sun. Her husband, knee deep in water, appears to be adjusting the anchor. In the background stretches a peninsula of sand, partially covered in reeds. Low Tide, painted in 1987 by Alex Colville, is somewhere in Nova Scotia, where he lived much of his life. The painting features a woman who is most likely his wife, Rhoda. The scene is one of ease: the tide eases in and out. The husband and wife demonstrate a sense of ease with their relationship. There is no sense of urgency. They could stay there forever.