Toboggan Slide and Dufferin Terrace190730 x 38 in. oil on canvas
ProvenancePrivate Collection, Glendora, California
Alson Clark painted "From the Ramparts" from atop Quebec City's Citadel, looking down upon the famous toboggan slide and boardwalk- the St. Lawrence River is in view as is the famous Chateau Frontenac Hotel. The snow-capped buildings line the river below, a perspectival choice perhaps influenced by his service as an aerial photographer in the US army during World War I. Clark masterfully uses the dynamic sweep of the slide from the lower right hand corner to draw the viewer into the center of the composition. In the immediate foreground, a pair of female walkers head towards the viewer on the path adjacent to the slide, the details of their faces and winter coats just barely suggested.