Painting in Canada: A History

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University of Toronto Press, 1977 - Art - 463 pages

Since its first appearance in 1967, Russell Harper's classic study of Canadian painting has been recognized as the outstanding authority on the subject. This edition provides a comprehensive survey, generously illustrated, of three centuries of Canadian painting from its beginnings in the seventeenth century.

Through a lively combination of entertaining anecdotes, descriptions of the cultural background, biographical accounts, and critical judgement, the reader comes to know intimately the artists, their paintings, and their environments. Included are 173 reproductions - 45 added since the first addition. They allow the reader to see representative works from all periods, and provide a visual record of the cultural and social history of Canada.

 

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Contents

The Age of Laval
3
Votive Painting in New France
14
Local Painters in New France
19
Early painting in British North America
26
Illustrations
31
THE ENGLISH COLONIAL PERIOD 17591867
41
The Aftermath of the Seven Years War
43
British Army Topographers in Eastern Canada
47
PreConfederation Years in Ontario
107
The Lure of the West
118
The Last Frozen Barrier
131
Illustrations
137
THE NEW DOMINION 1867191o
177
Art in the New Dominion
179
The British Tradition at Confederation
188
A New Search for Canada
193

The Beginning
56
Maturity
68
Along the Atlantic Seaboard
81
1o Portraits for the Masses
91
Krieghoff and Genre in Quebec
97
The Dignity of Labour
201
French Academic Influences
209
Photographic Credits
445
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John Russell Harper, Order of Canada, was an eminent Canadian art historian who pioneered the field of art history in Canada.

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