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The Birth of the Modern

Post-Impressionism in Canadian Art

with Joan Murray

foreword by David Aurandt

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Initial publish date
Jan 2001
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An important contribution to early 20th century Canadian painting in the way that Canadian artistic responses to Post-Impressionism are surveryed, and vital links with modernism in both Europe and the United States are demonstrated. The modern is truly born, and coincident with its arrival is a burgeoning confidence in a style that is genuinely identifiable as Canadian. No longer content to follow in the wake of the Europeans and Americans, the Canadians make Post-Impressionism thier own idiom. The exhibition includes work by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, James Wilson Morrice and A.Y. Jackson, among others.Introduction, essays and acknowledgements by Joan Murray. Translation by Simone Auger and Elizabeth Schwaiger

About the authors

Joan Murray, an independent curator and art historian, is considered one of the most accessible of Canadian art writers and has studied and exhibited Tom Thomson for four decades. Since the late 1960s, she has been a curator of several institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, and director of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa (1974-99) and the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery in Kleinburg (2005-6). Murray was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1992 and has been honoured with the Senior Award from the Association of Cultural Executives, the Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario

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