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Canada on Canvas

Canada on Canvas

Canada on Canvas
Organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery
October 5, 2012 to January 1, 2012

Canada on Canvas spans approximately 130 years of artistic production, from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s, and includes work by 40 of this country’s most esteemed painters including Emily Carr, Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson, Prudence Heward, Doris McCarthy, Jean Paul Riopelle, Guido Molinari, Tim Zuck, and many more. The exhibition draws extensively from an important private collection of Canadian painting on generous long-term loan to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. With a selection of exemplary pieces rarely seen publically, the loaned collection spans an impressive range, from notable 19th century genre scenes, to defining early landscapes by the Group of Seven, and outstanding canvases by abstract painters from Québec.

Andrew Kear, Curator, Canadian Historical Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery points out that this exhibition is not an exhaustive survey. Rather, it celebrates aspects of Canada’s painting tradition by highlighting three areas of overlapping thematic content: people, place, and paint. These categories criss-cross histories and regions, and allow for a multilayered look at how painterly subjects and techniques are shared and evolve in different locations, through different historical moments.

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