A concise history of Canadian painting

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Art - 418 pages
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First published in 1973, this book quickly became an indispensable short history of Canadian painting. This new edition has been extensively revised and expanded to reflect new information and new interpretations. The first edition studied Canadian painting through 1965, masterfully combining visual description, anecdotes, and aesthetic evaluation with full accounts of the careers of most of the leading Canadian painters, beginning in the French colonial period. The second edition covers events through 1980, with a new long chapter covering the crucial intervening fifteen years that saw developing in Canada a tremendous interest in other art forms, and an apparent waning of interest in painting. Reid contends that this was not so, and traces the contributions of established artists who produced steadily in the period as well as new arrivals on the scene who have since joined the ranks of leading Canadian artists. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 illustrations, 36 of them in color, this edition is simply the most wide-ranging and authoritative handbook on its subject available and will be of interest to anyone involved in art and art history.

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Painting in New France 16651760
Painting in British North America 17601860
Frenchspeaking Artists in Montreal 17851830 and Quebec 18201860

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Dennis Reid is Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario where he has organized a number of national and international exhibitions that have shed significant new light on Canadian art, including: Michael Snow: Walking Woman Works (1994); Krieghoff: Images of Canada(1999); Greg Curnoe: Life and Stuff (2001). Most recently, Mr. Reid co-curated the exhibition Tom Thomson(2002) in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada. Mr. Reid has also taught at Carleton University in Ottawa and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax. He is currently Professor, History of Art, at the University of Toronto. Among his many publications is the seminal A Concise History of Canadian Painting (second edition 1988). Mr. Reid was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998. In 2000, the Ontario College of Art and Design named Mr. Reid an Honorary Fellow for his contribution to the ideals of the college in art, design and education. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, in 2001, for his scholarship in art history and his significant contribution to Canada's cultural heritage.

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