Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Media Index

Canadian Painting Exhibit will Tour
Prince Rupert News
07 Feb 1975

An article announcing that Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau opened the National Gallery of Canada exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties. Early works from among more than 100 paintings include many by the Group of Seven; later paintings demonstrate the rising social conscience of artists in the 1940s. Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, organized the show, selecting the works and writing the catalogue. About two thirds of the works in the show have been borrowed from other galleries and private collections, while 31 paintings are from the National Gallery?s permanent collection. The show includes landscapes, figures and still lifes, and examines trends in Toronto, Montreal and on the West Coast, as well as among independent artists. Emily Carr, Fred Varley, Jock Macdonald, LeMoine FitzGerald and David Milne are among the artists represented. Other influential figures include Dr. Norman Bethune and his Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy.


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.