Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

Canadian Painting in the Thirties
National Gallery of Canada: Press Release
14 Jan 1975

A press release issued by Janine Smiter and Louise Simard Conroy of the National Gallery of Canada, announcing the exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties to be held from 31 January to 2 March. The show examines the development of painting from a nationalist to an internationalist scene, and will be opened by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Part of the National Gallery?s National Programme, the exhibition will travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary, Edmonton Art Gallery, Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation and Musée d?art contemporain, Montreal. Curated by Charles Hill, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, and traces the influence of The Group of Seven, with Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson and Arthur Lismer, as well as Toronto?s Art Students? League and the Canadian Group of Painters. It examines the work of Yvonne Housser, Jock Macdonald, Emily Carr, David Milne, Charles Comfort, Carl Shaefer, Paraskeva Clark, Bertram Brooker, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, LeMoine FitzGerald, Jack Humphrey and Miller Brittain. Montreal painters included are Edwin Holgate, Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson, Lilias Newton, John Lyman, Goodridge Roberts, Louis Muhlstock, Paul-Émile Borduas, Alexandre Bercovitch, Eric Goldberg, Philip Surrey, Fritz Brandtner and Marian Scott, and groups such as the Contemporary Arts Society, School of Paris and the Automatists. The release is dated 14 January 1975.


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.