Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

Bringing Old Worlds Back to Life
Metcalfe Intowner
01 Jan 1974

An overview of the functions of the National Gallery of Canada, which not only displays works of art, but also houses a reference library, photo and film library and educational facilities. The National Gallery organizes traveling exhibitions, including the upcoming Canadian Painting in the Thirties, as well as in-house shows. Other services provided include the authentication of works of art for private collectors, as well as the conservation and restoration of works. The story includes quotes by Public Relations Officer Louise Simard and Head of Restoration and Conservation Mervyn Ruggles. It is illustrated with a reproduction of Paraskeva Clark?s painting Self-Portrait.


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.