Artists of Canada's History : Articles & Resources
No artists in Canadian history have had the impact on the national psyche to compare with that of these fabulous painters of Canada's past.
The story of Canada and Canadians they portrayed seeped into the bone marrow of millions of Canadians from the 1890s to the 1950s.
They would not - could not- put paint to canvas until they had done exhaustive, scholarly research...Their art urged Canadians to think...to do better, to be better...
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Trooper, 1812 by J.D. Kelly
The British soldier comes to say the Americans are coming. Make ready. Notice the bandage around his head and the dispairing expression.
The Fort by Art Hider
Notice the steam from the fort in the background as the trapper heads out on a cold morning.
Pioneers by Arthur Heming
Notice the use of light depicting a bright future as the men leave the dangerous waters of the canyon.
Champlain Consults on the Building of His Habitation by C. W. Jefferys
Jefferys was scholarly in his attention to detail and costuming.