Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

Canadian Paintings in the Thirties
20 Jan 1975

An announcement of the upcoming exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties to be held at the National Gallery of Canada from 31 January to 2 March 1975. The show will include over 100 paintings and is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue featuring reproductions of the works, documentary photographs and essays. The exhibition traces the influence of The Group of Seven, with Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson and Arthur Lismer, as well as Toronto?s Arts Students? League and the Canadian Group of Painters. It examines the work of David Milne, Charles Comfort, Carl Schaefer, Paraskeva Clark, Bertram Brooker, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, LeMoine FitzGerald, Jack Humphrey and Miller Brittain. Montreal painters included are Edwin Holgate, Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson, Lilias Newton, John Lyman, Goodridge Roberts, Louis Muhlstock, Paul-Émile Borduas, Alexandre Bercovitch, Erick Goldridge (sic, Eric Goldberg), Philip Surrey, Fritz Brandtner and Marian Scott. Other artists included are Yvonne Housser, Jock Macdonald and Emily Carr, and groups such as the Contemporary Arts Society, School of Paris and the Automatists. The exhibition will travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary, Edmonton Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, and Musée d?art contemporain de Montréal. The article is illustrated with black and white reproductions of Milne?s painting Palgrave, Clark?s Petroushka, Schaefer?s Ontario Farmhouse and Jackson?s A Quebec Farm.


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.