Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition

Trudeau Will Open Canadian Art Exhibit
The Leader Post
28 Jan 1975

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An article announcing that Prime Minister Trudeau will open the upcoming National Gallery of Canada exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties. Early works from among more than 100 paintings include many by the Group of Seven, while later paintings demonstrate the rising social conscience of artists in the 1940s. Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, organized the show and wrote the catalogue. The exhibition includes landscapes, figures and still lifes, and examines trends in Toronto, Montreal and on the West Coast, as well as among independent artists. Emily Carr, Fred Varley, Jock Macdonald, LeMoine FitzGerald and David Milne are among the artists represented. Other influential figures include Dr. Norman Bethune and his Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy. The exhibition continues in Ottawa until 2 March, before moving to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and on to Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Montreal. Illustrated with black and white reproductions of Miller Brittain?s 1940 painting Longshoremen and A. Y. Jackson?s A Quebec Farm, from 1930.


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.