Canadian Painting in the Thirties

The 1975 exhibition: Catalogue Reviews

A Book-Catalogue of Canadian Art
Windsor Daily Star
14 Jun 1975

A review of assistant curator Charles Hill?s catalogue for the exhibition Canadian Painting in the Thirties, organized by the National Gallery of Canada. The book seeks to show the transition from the nationalistic Group of Seven to the internationalist approach of Montreal?s Contemporary Arts Society. Author Norah-Jean Perkin criticizes the catalogue for its ponderous style and unattractive layout, but praises it for its interesting content. It examines various artist societies, the question of the artist?s role in society, and the financial difficulties encountered by artists during the Depression. Perkin adds that there is even an element of humour in a quotation from David Milne. The catalogue is published by the National Museums Corporation.


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.