Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

Canadian Painting in the Thirties, National Gallery of Canada, until March 2
Carleton University: The Charlatan
21 Feb 1975

An article about the National Gallery of Canada?s exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties. Author Roslyn Nudell describes how Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art Charles Hill organized the exhibition, interviewing the artists and their associates about the different art societies, attitudes and influences on their work, and writing the catalogue. Michael Pantazzi, Head of Education Services, planned and prepared courses, films, tours and talks in conjunction with the exhibition. Talks include ?Art in the Thirties: The Montreal Scene,? given by Phillip Surrey, and ?The West Coast Ambience of Canadian Art,? given by Jack Shadbolt, who knew Emily Carr. Films include The World of David Milne, Varley, Between the Two Wars, Convicted, Bethune, which features Paraskeva Clark, and Spanish Earth, featuring Ernest Hemingway.


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.