Magazin'Art

Tom Thomson

Kleinburg

Something is stirring at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, just north of Toronto and it may be worth your time to go and see what is taking place. Last year Ian Dejardin, a Scot, was appointed as Executive Director of the McMichael. Dejardin was the man who as chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London who put together the much lauded show, Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It was the first time these seminal Canadian artists have appeared abroad in more than a hundred years.

Now, with The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut, which runs through November 18, 2018, Dejardin has produced his first exhibition at the McMichael. He is using the show to highlight the strength and depth of the museum’s core collection. Works on display will include Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Norval Morriseau, David Milne, Christiane PflugAlex Colville and others.

 

Spring 2018

Something is stirring at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection…

OTTAWA

I don’t know why this one slipped by me but the National Gallery has something I would very much like to see and it has been on exhibit during the summer. Tom Thomson: The Jack Pine and The West Wind are running until January 4, 2015 . The two iconic masterpieces are accompanied by the oil sketches that Thomson made in Algonquin Park and on which the full scale paintings are based.

Autumn 2014

I don’t know why this one slipped by me but the National Gallery has something I would very much like to see and it has been on exhibit during the summer…

Claude Langevin

The Golden Era

Painting a Country

At the time, children followed in their parents’ footsteps,” reminisces Claude Langevin. Like many others, he started his professional career on this principle. Then, with audacity and perseverance, he branched off onto his own path, something few people ever did.

Son of a medical doctor and one of five siblings, Claude Langevin began studying medicine, engaged on a path set by his father and already followed by his eldest brother. “I studied medicine for a year and soon came to understand that it wasn’t a career for me. I had been painting since the age of 14, and that was what I loved doing. The news was difficult to accept for my family.” To discard such a secure career option for one that was perceived as marginal seemed like pure folly. But we were in the early 60s, when a wind of freedom and change had started to sweep Québec. Claude Langevin, then known under his real name of Paul Viens, was about to embark on this wave of artistic renewal that celebrated local talent.

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier 

 

“At the time, children followed in their parents’ footsteps,” reminisces Claude Langevin. Like many others, he started…