Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Other Venues

Smile Brings Relief to '30s Art Show
The Gazette
06 Dec 1975

A review of Canadian Painting in the Thirties at the Musée d?art contemporain in Montreal. A reduced version of the original organized by the National Gallery of Canada, consists of 55 out of 108 paintings. A.Y. Jackson, Lismer and Lawren Harris?s landscapes are in the show. While Lismer gave up art for teaching, Harris became more abstract as exemplified by White Triangle (1939). Three each of Emily Carr, LeMoine FitzGerald and David Milne?s paintings are included in the show. Only Edwin Holgate?s Interior (1933) is shown, as there is to be a one-man show of his paintings next month. Paraskeva Clark?s happy Self-portrait (1933) is contrasted with Jack Humphrey?s humorless Charlotte (1939) and Edith White (1939). Paraskeva Clark?s Petroushka (1937) represents the social and political issues of the day. Robert Coover?s novel and Jacques de Tonnancour?s writing touch on the same issues that affected Canadian artists in the 1930s. Charles C. Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art has written a catalogue for the show. Illustrated with a black and white reproduction of Paraskeva Clark?s Self-portrait (1933).


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.