Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

1930s Come Alive at National Gallery
Ottawa Journal
31 Jan 1975

A report on the opening of Canadian Painting in the Thirties at the National Gallery of Canada. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, accompanied by his wife, officially opened the exhibition. Some of the people in attendance were dressed in 1930s clothing. With over 100 paintings, and tracing developments from the time of The Group of Seven to the beginning of World War II, the exhibition will later tour Canada. Director Jean Sutherland Boggs suggested that the scope of this exhibition was unprecedented. Trudeau quoted art historian Kenneth Clark, who said that a society is reflected in the buildings of its era. Chairman of the Board George Ignatieff referred to Barry Broadfoot?s book Ten Lost Years, commenting that the 1930s was in fact a very creative period. A party held after the ceremony featured a 1931 Buick convertible.


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.