Canadian Painting - Timeline: 1900-1930

A few milestones in the history and evolution of painting in Canada 1900 - 1930

The Art Gallery of Ontario (initially called Art Museum of Toronto) is founded in Toronto.


The Canadian Art Club (1907-1915) is formed in Toronto to advance art exhibition standards and encourage expatriate Canadian artists to exhibit at home (W. E. Atkinson, Archibald Browne, Franklin Brownell, Edmund Morris, Homer Watson, Curtis Williamson).

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (initially called Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts) is founded in Halifax.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery (initially called Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts) is founded in Winnipeg.

The Studio Building, a living and working space for Group of Seven artists, opens in Toronto.

The Beaver Hall Group (1920-1924) is formed by English-speaking Montreal painters, many of them women (Prudence Heward, Lilias Torrance Newton, Sarah Robertson). Members often exhibited with the Group of Seven.

The Group of Seven (Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. Macdonald, F. H. Varley) is officially founded and holds its first exhibition, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.

The Art Gallery of Alberta (initially called Edmonton Art Gallery) is founded in Edmonton.

A Canadian Art Movement: The Story of the Group of Seven, the first book on living artists in Canada, is published.

The show Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art – Native and Modern, organized by anthropologist Marius Barbeau and curator Eric Brown, is held at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Bertram Brooker, the first Canadian Abstract Expressionist painter, produces Sounds Assembling.

Lawren Harris and A. Y. Jackson travel to the Canadian Arctic to paint the stark northern landscape.
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