Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

Les années 30
La Presse
30 Jan 1975

Announcement of the opening of the Canadian Painting in the Thirties exhibition, at the National Gallery of Canada until March 2, 1975. The exhibition traces the evolution of painting in Canada from the nationalist milieu of Toronto to the internationalist school of Montreal. It will be opened on January 30, 1975 at 9 p.m. by Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau before going 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, along with reproductions of all the works and documentary photographs of the artists. The announcement is illustrated with Miller Brittain?s Longshoremen (1940).


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.