Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Other Venues

Art of the Thirties in Major Exhibition
The Expositor
07 Jun 1975

An article on the exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties, currently on view in the Sam and Ayala Zacks wing of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Organized by Charles Hill, an assistant curator at the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition includes over 100 paintings created during the Depression. It has already appeared in Ottawa and Vancouver, and will go on tour to other major centres. The show reveals how artists continued to work in the 1930s despite difficult economic times, freeing themselves from earlier art movements and providing impetus for the art of the 1940s. The well-researched catalogue includes both colour and black and white reproductions.


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.