From staged commissioned portraits to lighthearted scenes of leisure, this exhibition explores the portrayal of children by Canadian artists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collectively, these works offer insight into the changing conceptions of childhood within Canadian settler societies, including family dynamics, gender roles and class structures. The exhibition features many prominent artists from this broad period including Paul Kane, Cornelius Krieghoff, Robert Harris, George Agnew Reid and Charlotte Schreiber. Consequently, these works also speak to the development of a Canadian artistic milieu, evidenced by the establishment of artist associations, the Royal Canadian Academy and the increasing professionalisation of the artist.
Curated by Anik Glaude and Charlotte Gagnier
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Image: Robert Harris, "The Unruly Guest (Portraits of Children of G. Stethem, Esq.)", 1880, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 122 cm. Private Collection. Photo: Frank Tancredi.
Our Children Opening Reception
On April 14, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. join us for the opening of our new exhibition, "Our Children: Reflections of Childhood in Historical Canadian Art". The opening reception will feature a live musical performance, an engaging gallery tour, refreshments and more!
Prior to the opening at 1 p.m., join Ian Thom, notated art historian, for an insightful gallery talk and tour of Our Children. Limited space.
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