National Soul: Canadian Mural Painting, 1860s - 1930s

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 13, 2002 - Art - 304 pages
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Examining their social, political, and economic contexts, McKay shows how the murals of this period glorified Canada as a modern nation state, extolled the virtues of commerce and industry, inculcated conventions of gender and race, and shared the intensity of nationalistic sentiment that led to the work of the more renowned painters of Toronto's Group of Seven. Bringing together for the first time a body of Canadian work - civic, commercial, religious, and private - that has been largely ignored by art historians, A National Soul challenges previous histories of Canadian painting. This generously illustrated book reproduces seldom-seen works from across the country, many of which have been moved or destroyed, and includes a comprehensive listing of all works from the period, their original and present locations, and their state of preservation.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
CHAPTER
24
CHAPTER THREE
60
CHAPTER FOUR
78
CHAPTER FIVE
94
CHAPTER
109
CHAPTER SEVEN
134
CHAPTER EIGHT
157
CHAPTER NINE
173
CHAPTER
193
NOTEs 7225
225
INDEX
293
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Marylin J. McKay is associate professor and chair of the Art History Department, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

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