Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

La peinture canadienne des années trente à la Galerie nationale
Hebdo Canada (Vol. 3, No. 9)
26 Feb 1975

Announcement of the opening of the Canadian Painting in the Thirties exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada from January 31 to March 2, 1975. The exhibition retraces the evolution of painting in Canada from the national milieu of Toronto to the international school of Montréal. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau on January 30, [1975]. It will subsequently be on tour at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Alberta Institute, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, and the Musée d?art contemporain de Montréal. The exhibition was organized by Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, and includes more than 100 works. Hill has written a bilingual two-volume catalogue that includes seven studies. The eventful historical background of this period influenced the evolution of art movements that distanced themselves from the Group of Seven?s heritage to prepare the development of contemporary art in the 1940s. The outstanding works in this exhibition are signed by, among others, A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr, David Milne, John Lyman, André Biéler and Goodridge Roberts. The article is illustrated with Paraskeva Clark?s Self-portrait (1933).


Images of the exhibition's installation, the opening ceremony and official visits.

Media Coverage

Almost 200 newspaper and magazine articles in English, French and other languages: reviews, details of the Canadian tour, lectures, films and special events.


Audio clip of curator Charles Hill interviewed by CBC's Carol Bishop. Includes Pierre Trudeau's opening speech.

NFB Film

Derek May's 1977 documentary Pictures From the 1930s looks at the exhibition in the context of the Depression, with newsreel footage of the day.