Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

The Thirties: A Crash Course in the Facts of Life and Art
The Globe and Mail Weekend Magazine (Vol. 25, No. 4)
25 Jan 1975

An article on the economic, social and political history of Canada during the 1930s. The changes and trends in Canadian painting during this period are traced by the exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties, organized by and opening at the National Gallery of Canada. The show will travel to Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Montreal. Article illustrated with coloor reproductions of Jack Humphrey?s Charlotte (1939), a detail of Miller Brittain?s Longshoremen (1940), Paul-Émile Borduas? Portrait of Maurice Gagnon (1937), Goodridge Roberts?s Marian (1937), Jean Paul Lemieux?s Lazarus (1941), Fred Varley?s Landscape with Eskimos, Baffin Island (1938), Paraskeva Clark?s Petroushka (1937), André Biéler?s Before the Auction (1938), Philip Surrey?s Sunday Afternoon (1939), Carl Schaefer?s Ontario Farmhouse (1939), Jock Macdonald?s Indian Burial, Nootka (1937).


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.