canadian art

Uninvited – Women Artists

On this, International Women’s Day, it’s worth noting that the National Gallery of Canada has put together a brilliant exhibition “challenging the notion of the quintessential Canadian artist.”

Paraskeva Clark, Myself, 1933. Oil on canvas, 101.6 × 76.7 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1974. © Estate of Paraskeva Clark. Photo: NGC

The special exhibition, titled Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists In the Modern Moment, explores the diversity of women creators from coast to coast to coast, many of whom have been neglected by traditional art history. (See more about Clark on an Art Junkie post about her activism here.)

Suzanne Duquet, Group, 1941. Oil on canvas, 127 x 149.8 cm. Collection Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Quebec City. © Estate of Suzanne Duquet. Photo: MNBAQ, Jean-Guy Kerouac

“What emerges is a vibrant social mandate for art, moving away from the unpopulated wilderness portrayed by many of the era’s male artists to a poignant examination of cities, resource extraction, social issues, human psychology, the displacement of Indigenous peoples, and the immigrant experience,” the gallery says.

Prudence Heward, Rollande, 1929. Oil on canvas, 139.9 × 101.7 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 1930. Photo: NGC

See more about the defiant Prudence Heward on a previous Art Junkie post, here.

The National Gallery special exhibition site here.

The exhibition runs through Aug. 20, 2023.

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