Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Other Venues

Canadian Painting in the Thirties
01 Apr 1975

An article about the National Gallery of Canada?s exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties. Charles Hill, Assistant Curator of Post-Confederation Art, who organized the exhibition and wrote the catalogue, suggests that the decade was characterized by a movement between polarities, from nationalism to internationalism, from the Group of Seven to the Contemporary Arts Society, from Toronto to Montreal. The article is illustrated with black and white reproductions of several paintings from the exhibition and includes descriptions excerpted from the catalogue. Works featured are: Fred Varley?s Dhârâna (c.1932), LeMoine FitzGerald?s The Pool (1934), David Milne?s Palgrave I (1931), John Lyman?s The Card Game (c.1935), Miller Brittain?s Longshoremen (1940), Marian Scott?s Escalator (1937), Paraskeva Clark?s Self-Portrait (1933), Phillip Surrey?s Sunday Afternoon (1939) and Lawren S. Harris?s White Triangle (c.1939).


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.