Some of the most popular Canadian paintings of the Second World War are the work of Charles Comfort, who served as an official war artist. But he was also a muralist, sculptor, teacher and administrator, including director of the National Gallery of Canada. (Above: Canadian Armour Passing Through Ortona, Canadian War Museum)
Comfort (1900-1994) is important partly because as director of the National Gallery in the 1960s, he appointed the first Curator of War Art and also ensured funds were made available for the proper storage and care of the collections. His painting The Hitler Line remains one of the most popular works on Canadians during World War II.
Comfort is also well known as a muralist, including for his eight works done in the 1930s overlooking the trading floor of the original Toronto Stock Exchange (now the Toronto Design Exchange). He also created the stone frieze on the outside of the TSE building.
Charles Comfort’s full biography, at the National Gallery of Canada, here.