The 1975 exhibition: Media Index
Depression Art Mounted
12 Apr 1975
© Art Perry / The Province
A review of the National Gallery of Canada?s exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties, currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Group of Seven, including A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer and Lawren S. Harris, dominated the Canadian art scene in the 1920s. By the 1930s, however, only Jackson and Harris remained devoted to the Group?s nationalistic cause. Jock Macdonald and Fred Varley were by then teaching at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, and Lismer was working at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Bertram Brooker wrote at the time about the Group?s declining impact. Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art and organizer of the exhibition, proves that there was a solid art consciousness in the 1930s, despite the difficult financial times. With severe budget cuts at the National Gallery, regional centres such as Vancouver became important, and Varley, Macdonald and Emily Carr dominated the British Columbia scene. There were also important independent artists, such as LeMoine FitzGerald in Winnipeg and David Milne. The article is illustrated with black and white reproductions of Harris?s Riven Earth 1, and Carl Schaefer?s Ontario Farmhouse.