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The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.
The Royal Mail Crossing the St. Lawrence, 1860
oil on canvas
Muskoka River, South Branch, 1875
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of Dr. Rodrigo Restrepo
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
For over a century the natural world and our relationship to it was a major
subject for Canadian artists. Through paintings in the 1800s by Cornelius
Krieghoff, Zacharie Vincent and others, Embracing Canada begins with early depictions of
Indigenous peoples. European settlers in the Canadian landscape are also
depicted by the artists such as Charlotte Schreiber and Homer Watson, who are associated with the founding of the Royal Canadian
Academy of Arts in 1880, as well as the artists associated with the expanding
Canadian Pacific Railway including Frederick M. Bell-Smith. As the exhibition progresses, artists' paintings of
Canada shift toward the landscape itself rather than human activity within
it, as demonstrated by extraordinary works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. They and
other figures such as Emily Carr, David Milne and Jock Macdonald, who begin to define a
unique modern Canadian style.
Drawing on the collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery and a remarkable loan from an important private collection, Embracing Canada surveys the history of artistic engagement with the Canadian landscape from c. 1840 to 1940, a period that produced many outstanding Canadian artists.
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical.
Generously Supported by:
An Anonymous Donor
Gary R. Bell
Visionary Partner for Scholarship and Publications:
The Richardson Family