Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Other Venues

Canadian Painting in the Thirties
City Dweller
01 Jun 1975

Announcement of Canadian Painting in the Thirties exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The show consists of over 130 paintings, and will travel to Vancouver and other major centers. Charles C. Hill, Assistant Curator at the National Gallery of Canada organized the exhibition and wrote a catalogue on this ignored part of Canadian history. The dominant theme during the Depression was the movement between polarities: from nationalism to internationalism, from the Group of Seven to the Contemporary Arts Society, from Toronto to Montreal. Canadian painters strove to free themselves from the influence of previous artists and to provide impetus for new directions in the 1940s.


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.