Friday, January 12, 2018

Roaming The Gallery

This is a large display of Haida items, such as a formal robe, baskets, and other items used in the traditional culture of the First Nations people. 

The Smiths is the title of this 1894 oil by W. Blair Bruce, showing the work of blacksmiths in the time period.

The Flood Gate is a dramatic oil painting by Homer Watson, dating circa 1900-01. It conveys the struggle against nature.

Angakuk Caribou Coat is a collaborative effort by Inuit artists, Maartha Angugatiaq Ungalaaq, Jeanie Arnaanuk, and their families. It is a reproduction of the original coat dating back to 1900, made for a shaman, which ended up in an American museum. In the 1980s, three reproductions were done for museum collections.

I like taking perspective shots while in the Gallery, such as this one, giving a view of a space beyond.

The Drive is by Lawren Harris, one of the founders of the Canadian art group called the Group of Seven. This 1912 oil painting uses dramatic lighting upon a log drive in northern Ontario.

Snow In October is an oil painting done in 1916-17 by Tom Thomson, a friend and contemporary of the rest of the Group of Seven who died before their formal founding (otherwise it would have been the Group Of Eight). Thomson's love of the outdoors and the woodlands influenced his friends, while their artistic styles influenced his work.

A.Y. Jackson, another member of the Group, painted Terre Sauvage in 1913.


  1. So many of these works tell the story of survival against natural disasters ... I really like Snow in October. It must have been a difficult life during the 19th century for the First Nation peoples.

  2. Nice exhibition again, William, your fifth photo is a wonderful composition.

  3. Snow in October is pretty wonderful!

  4.'s pouring today, gallery roaming would be a good idea.

  5. Thanks for showing us the original dress of the First People.

  6. @Lowell: it would have been.

    @Marie: I do as well.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jan: I certainly thought so.

    @Janis: it is!

    @Marianne: they do stand out.

    @Tom: we've had some rain too.

    @Christine: you're welcome.

    @Pamela: they are.

  7. Hello, wonderful exhibit and photos. It is neat to see the formal robe and coat worn by the people of the First Nation. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  8. I like Snow in October and Terre Sauvage best.

  9. I could roam the gallery for a long time. the Group of seven is one of my favorites.

  10. @Eileen: thanks!

    @Norma: they're good ones.

    @Janey: it certainly is.

    @Mike: definitely.

    @Red: they were great artists.

  11. The paintings and exhibits help us learn about the traditional cultures and their struggles. Have a great day!

  12. Interesting paintings! Thanks for sharing.

  13. I like the "cubist" quality to that perspective shot.

  14. There IS Canadian Art! [ not just Canadian artists ]

  15. Great gallery series of photos ~ Like the First Nations items and the Terre Sauvage painting ~

    Happy Friday to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Stunning. I love the work of the First Nations artists best.

  17. i enjoy the clothing, very cool. ( ;
    happy weekend!

  18. It has been quite a while since I visited the gallery. I don't like to drive into the city anymore.

  19. @Nancy: thank you.

    @Sharon: it certainly is.

    @Whisk: it's quite a painting.

    @RedPat: I have more of Tom tomorrow.

    @Marleen: you're welcome.

    @Revrunner: it's got a lot of depth. The canoe one can see in that one features in tomorrow's post too.

    @Cloudia: we have quite an artistic history.

    @Carol: I do as well.

    @Catalyst: there's a richness to their works.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Anvilcloud: I live downtown, so places like this are easy for me to get to.

  20. Beautiful paintings. My favorite is Snow In Octobe.

  21. Wander through that wonderful place as long as you want. As long as you keep sending these great photos, that is.

  22. I like your perspective shot. And I do like the works of the Group of Seven.
    I don't know if it's the same in Canada, but there was a long period where Native American work and cultural items were appropriated by many of our museums, rather shamefully insensitive to their wishes.

  23. I did like seeing the original clothes.
    This has been an excellent series of posts, thanks.

    All the best Jan

  24. It is a hard life in the north. The quality of their pieces is amazing.

  25. @Bill: it's a good one.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Kay: it's been done here too.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Jennifer: true!

    @Klara: I think so too.