Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

National Gallery Shows Canadian Painting of the Thirties
Canada Weekly (Vol. 3, No. 9)
26 Feb 1975

An announcement of the exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties, opened by the Prime Minister at the National Gallery of Canada. The exhibition shows the development of painting in Canada, from a nationalist Toronto-based art scene to an internationalist Montreal school. The exhibition will travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary, Edmonton Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, and Musée d?art contemporain de Montreal. Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, organized the show, which includes over 100 paintings. It is accompanied by a French and English catalogue featuring reproductions of the works, documentary photographs and essays. The show traces the development of painting from The Group of Seven at the onset of the Depression to the outbreak of the Second World War, and examines Montreal?s Contemporary Arts Society. It includes work by A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr, David Milne, John Lyman, André Biéler and Goodridge Roberts. The announcement is illustrated with black and white reproductions of Paraskeva Clark?s Self-portrait (1933), Charles Comfort?s Young Canadian (1932) and Biéler?s Gatineau Madonna (1940). Also included is a captioned photograph of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau at the exhibition opening, in front of J. W. G. (Jock) Macdonald?s The Black Tusk.


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.