Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

Malarstwo Kanadyjskie lat trzydziestych
Związkowiec Styczeń
14 Jan 1975

Polish article reviewing Canadian Painting in the Thirties at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The exhibition traces the development of painting in Canada during the 1930s, from a nationalist Toronto-based art scene to an internationalist Montreal school. Over 100 paintings from private and public collections will be in the exhibit. The catalogue of the exhibition contains reproductions of the art work as well as photographs of the artists and essays. The exhibition 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 David Milne, Charles Comfort, Carl Schaefer, 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, Erick Goldridge (sic, Eric Goldberg), Philip Surrey, Fritz Brandtner and Marian Scott. The exhibition will travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow-Alberta Institute in Calgary, the Edmonton Art Gallery and the Musée d?art contemporain in Montreal. The article is illustrated with reproductions of David Milne?s Palgrave I (1931), Carl Schaefer?s Ontario Farmhouse (1934), A.Y. Jackson?s A Quebec Farm (1930), and Paraskeva Clark?s Petroushka (1937).


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.