Painting Canadian Modern – Emily Carr, David Milne, Lawren Harris

Friday October 21, 2005 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: Angela Marcus

Topic: Painting Canadian Modern – Emily Carr, David Milne, Lawren Harris


The 1913 Armoury Show in New York brought American art together with avant garde art from Europe. The modern age was dawning and the world’s technological and scientific advances reflected itself in the thinking and imagery of the works of European artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp who were represented in the New York Show. It was a turning point for American artists while the visual arts in Canada continued to cling to the traditions of academic European painting. Using the event of the 1913 Armoury Show as a reference, this talk explores how Canadian painters Emily Carr, David Milne and Lawren Harris, broke rank with tradition early in the Twentieth Century and explored and mastered the modernist mode.

Speaker’s Profile:

Angela Marcus is an independent art historian with an M.A. in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. Over a period of twenty-five years she has taught art history and art appreciation, written art criticism, curated art exhibitions, been a member of art juries, done research for National Film Board art documentaries and catalogued and researched art works at the Canadian War Museum. She has recently added to a busy schedule teaching art appreciation courses in Carleton University’s Learning in Retirement Program.

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