Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

Toward a People's Art
New Canada
01 Aug 1975

An article about Fritz Brandtner?s Men of 1939, part of the Canadian Painting in the Thirties exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Brandtner exhibited his drawings in a 1936 show organized by the Canadian League Against War and Fascism. Dr. Norman Bethune, Brandtner?s first patron, organized a Children?s Art Centre with Brandtner and Marion Scott. Brandtner taught children of the working class and in hospitals. Progressive works such as Brandtner?s Men of 1939 aimed at serving the people during the Depression. Illustrated with a black and white reproduction of Men of 1939.


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.