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Krieghoff: Images of Canada

Images of Canada

by Dennis Reid, contributions by François-Marc Gagnon; Arlene Gehmacher; Raymond Vezina & Ramsay Cook

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Cornelius Krieghoff, born in Amsterdam in 1815 and an immigrant to North America about 1835, is Canada's most famous nineteenth-century artist. The familiarity of his paintings may make it surprising that this book is published on the occasion of the very first retrospective exhibition of his work. We have known Krieghoff best for his affectionate depictions of everyday life among the habitants and First Nations residents of what is now Quebec. This project illuminates his considerable skill and narrative power as a painter, while revealing his relationship to his adopted country as it evolved from colony to nation.

Kriegoff: Images of Canada features essays by three distinguished writers, and all 152 works from the exhibition are reproduced in colour. The nineteenth century in Europe and North America witnessed an artistic shift away from neoclassicism's monumental canvases of historical subjects to the intimacy, the dailiness, the humour and anecdotal warmth of genre painting. In Canada, as elsewhere, this shift occurred as a middle class, agent of growing commerce and industry, was rising to prominence.

Situating the artist within the rich context of the period, Dennis Reid's essay focuses on Krieghoff as a major Canadian cultural figure in the years leading up to Confederation, showing his work to be as much shaped by his new homeland as his images indelibly shaped future public perception of his time and place. Ramsay Cook's essay presents a fresh reading of these iconic images in light of the underlying social attitudes and political issues of the day, especially as seen by a newcomer. Francois-Marc Gagnon's text examines the sources in European tradition of Krieghoff's images of French Canadians and Native peoples and considers the interpretation of his paintings by the influential Quebec art historian Gerard Morisset. Raymond Vezina contributes a useful, illustrated chronology, and Arlene Gehmacher provides detailed and fully researched catalogue entries.

This book was published in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

About the Authors
Dennis Reid is a professor of art history at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 1977. He also worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1979 until 2010, latterly as director of collections and research, and at the National Gallery of Canada from 1967, principally as curator of Post-Confederation Canadian Art (1971 to 1979). The author of numerous publications on Canadian art, including A Concise History of Canadian Painting (third edition forthcoming), he became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998.
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Dennis Reid is a professor of art history at the University of Toronto, where he has taught since 1977. He also worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1979 until 2010, latterly as director of collections and research, and at the National Gallery of Canada from 1967, principally as curator of Post-Confederation Canadian Art (1971 to 1979). The author of numerous publications on Canadian art, including A Concise History of Canadian Painting (third edition forthcoming), he became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1998.
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Arelene Geymacher received her Ph.D. in Canadian art history and the University of Toronto in 1995. She has taught at that institution as well as York University and has been active as a freelance curator fo the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
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Raymond Vezina is a professor of graphic design at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. He has written extensively and lectured international on the work of Kriegoff.
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Ramsay Cook is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at York University and the former general editor of The Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

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