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.