The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition
Exposition de peinture canadienne à Ottawa
24 Jan 1975
Announcement of Canadian Painting in the Thirties exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada from January 31 to March 2, 1975. The exhibition retraces the evolution of painting in Canada from the nationalist milieu of Toronto to the internationalist school of Montreal. Inaugurated by the Rt. Hon. Pierre Elliott Trudeau on January 30 at 9 p.m., the exhibition will be on tour at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, the Glenbow Alberta Institute, Calgary, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation, and the Musée d?art contemporain de Montréal. The exhibition was organized by Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, and includes more than 100 works. Hill has written a bilingual, two-volume catalogue that includes seven studies, along with reproductions of all the works and documentary photographs of the artists. The Group of Seven, in particular Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and Arthur Lismer, had a major influence on a new generation of painters such as Yvonne McKague Housser, Jock Macdonald and Emily Carr, through Toronto?s Art Students? League and the Canadian Group of Painters. Many artists, such as David Milne, Charles Comfort, Carl Schaefer, Paraskeva Clark, Bertram Brooker, Pegi Nicol MacLeod, L.L. FitzGerald, Jack Humphrey and Miller Brittain, freed themselves from the Group of Seven?s tradition to explore new facets of Canadian art. The catalogue includes a study of Lawren Harris?s first abstract paintings. In Montreal, a group of figurative painters formed around Edwin Holgate. These painters were Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson and Lilias Newton.