Friday, September 11, 2020

A Contrast In Subjects

A large gallery space here contains a wall full of paintings. At least one of them is from a member of the Group of Seven, but most are done by other Canadian artists. This wall stands across from a set by the Group.

And before them in the centre of the room is a large First Nations canoe, another example of blending together artistic sensibilities from different cultures.

J.E.H. MacDonald was another member of the Group of Seven. This 1921 painting, titled The Solemn Land, depicts the Algoma region of Northern Ontario.

Another painting, glimpsed at far left in the second of these photos today, is another Franklin Carmichael painting. The Upper Ottawa, Near Mattawa dates to 1924, and depicts a landscape in the Ottawa River Valley, a good three hours or so drive northwest of Ottawa.

Displayed close by is a small sculpture, The Storm, circa 1920. Walter Allward was known for his sculptural work, albeit on a much larger scale, like the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France. 


  1. I do like the dialogue of cultures. And the canoe

  2. Love the contrast between the different works of art.

  3., that red wall is striking!

  4. The Group of Seven are the most renowned, of course, but there are many fine Canadian artists as the gallery reveals.

  5. I love that canoe and would love to see it up close. :-)

  6. It is good to see the canoe in a gallery!

  7. I'm sure you spent a lot of time in this gallery as there is so much to take in.

  8. Wonderful artwork of the different cultures ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. I imagine the juxtaposition of the cultures would be intriguing to some, and disdained by others. I'm intrigued.

  10. @Cloudia: me too.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @John: so do I.

    @Tom: it is indeed.

    @David: yes, and more of them to come.

    @DJan: it's quite a work of art in and of itself.

    @Marie: definitely.

    @RedPat: it was a good idea.

    @Red: I do spend quite a bit of time here.

    @Carol: thank you!

    @Barbara: it works for me.

  11. This is awesome. I am so in need of a walk around an art museum.

  12. Hello,

    Lovely art work, the landscapes are my favorite. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy weekend!

  13. The red wall of art is incredible. I like The Solemn Land painting, it's my favorite.

  14. I like how they display the paintings on that large red wall.

  15. @Sharon: art is good for the soul.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Jennifer: indeed.

    @Bill: it's a beautiful painting.

    @Marleen: so do I. Usually they have brochures at either end to name the paintings, but at present because of Covid, it's screens you can scan on your phone to bring up the information.

  16. The sculpture is very interesting !

  17. What an extraordinary exhibition.

  18. My first visit to the gallery involved a tour by a docent, and the G7 was what I remembered most. Of the Voice of Fire too. If that the right name? I may be misremembering.

  19. Beautiful artwork, has the breath and strength of Canadaian poetry.

  20. The art is wonderful and I like the look of the space it's in, too.

  21. @Gattina: I think so.

    @Klara: definitely.

    @Joanne: thanks!

    @Magiceye: it is.

    @Anvilcloud: Voice of Fire. Which I tend to deliberately pass by. That's not art to me.

    @Maywyn: it does indeed.

    @Kay: I do too.