Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Catalogue Reviews

La peinture canadienne des années trente
03 Oct 1975

According to Arnold Kohler, art historians have systematically ignored Canadian art. Yet several movements deserve interest, in particular the Group of Seven in the 1920s and the Automatists in the 1940s. Between these two decades, the 1930s represented a period of artistic proliferation, characterized by various influences and the appearance of several cultural centres. Of note are lyrical depictions of vast spaces, such as in British Columbia, as well as a certain realism, as in Charles Comfort?s murals, or a fairy-tale Expressionism. Charles Hill?s work is a serious and complete reference about this period.


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.