Canadian Art from the Permanent Collection
Throughout history, visual art and creative works have inspired us and enriched our lives, but they also tell us about how we lived, what we valued, and our changing ideals of what we considered “beautiful.”
The long narrative of Canada and the lands that we occupy have been fertile ground for artists and craftspeople for millennia. The post-contact European practice of academically “trained” or studio-based artists began to take root in what is now eastern Canada in the late 17th century, producing paintings, drawings and sculptural works. Native-born and immigrant artists soon mastered many genres, including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and narrative scenes, absorbing influences and techniques from Europe, but tempered by the subject matter here at home.
We hope that the works chosen and displayed in this space will encourage a better understanding and appreciation of some of our country’s artistic achievements. As a community of peoples and as creative engaged citizens, it can also help guide us to a promising future.