Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

Opening with a 1930s Flavour
Ottawa Journal
01 Feb 1975

An article by Alice Carter about the opening, by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, of an exhibition [Canadian Painting in the Thirties] at the National Gallery of Canada. Also present at the event were Mrs. Trudeau, dressed in a black skirt, photographer Evergon, in a velvet gown, designer Carolyn Massey and friends, all in 1930s dress, and Mrs. R. G. B. Dickenson of the National Gallery Association, wearing a dress borrowed from Peggy Laskin, wife of Chief Justice Bora Laskin. The reception room was decorated with silk hangings by Max Roux, china and silver from the 1930s, and a period Buick. Max Roux is a fabric artist originally from Pretoria, South Africa, who held his first exhibition at Algonquin College. He will hold an exhibition this summer at Doma II Gallery.


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.