Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Other Venues

Art in '30s set for Calgary
The Calgary Albertan
08 Feb 1975

An article announcing that the exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties will soon be on view in Calgary. The show, which examines developments from a nationalist Toronto-based art scene to an internationalist Montreal scene, was opened by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the National Gallery of Canada, and will travel to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary, Edmonton Art Gallery, Saskatoon Gallery and Conservatory Corporation (Mendel Art Gallery), and Musée d?art contemporain, Montreal. Organized by Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-confederation Art, the show includes over 100 paintings, and is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue. 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, Eric Goldberg, Philip Surrey, Fritz Brandtner and Marian Scott. Other artists included are Yvonne Housser, Jock Macdonald and Emily Carr, and groups such as the Contemporary Arts Society, School of Paris and the Automatists. The article is illustrated with a black and white reproduction of John Lyman?s Card Game.


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.