Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

La peinture canadienne des années trente
Le Nouvelliste
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 Montréal. 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, the Glenbow Alberta Institute, 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 the complete 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.


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.