The 1975 exhibition: Ottawa Exhibition
Straw Boaters and Boas Set Scene for Opening
01 Feb 1975
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An article on the opening of Canadian Painting in the Thirties at the National Gallery of Canada, where some guests wore straw boaters or feather boas, as suggested by the Gallery?s volunteer association. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, accompanied by his wife, officially opened the exhibition of over 100 paintings, which will later go on a national tour. The show examines the period from the 1920s, with the work of the Group of Seven, to the beginning of World War II. Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, organized the show and wrote the catalogue. 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. The show 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.