It’s really strange but I have found it really hard to locate the names of many of the men who were in the Beaver Hall Group. Whilst I’m the first to promote female artists, this Group was about gender equality and that’s all I'm trying to achieve. I don’t want the male painters erased!! So any help here locating the male members of the group would be appreciated.
As I examine the Beaver Hall Group I’ve been thinking about how we define ourselves and how artists often strive to depict that identity. In Canada around the turn of the C20th many artists saw the way to define Canadians was through the painting of rugged landscapes but the Beaver Hall Group was more interested in recording using modernistic techniques the ordinary people and their lives.
Next we move to the president of the group who was Alexander Young Jackson. His style was very bold and striking as shown in Northern Lights.
Edwin Holgate taught engraving at Montréal's École des beaux-arts and was also one of the original members of the Beaver Hall Group.He was known primarily as a portraitist and painted an unusual series of female nudes in outdoor settings during the 1930s.But I have chosen to show you three very different subjects he painted which show his versatility.
Most of the men who were in the Beaver Hall Group went on to be members of the painting movement called the Group of Seven which women were excluded from. I do believe however they were allowed to participate in some of the exhibitions. Thank goodness the world has changed. The hero image for this blog is by Beaver Hall Group member Sarah Robertson titled The Blue Sleigh.
I do hope you have enjoyed our journey to Canada. I'm having tomorrow off from blogging as I am attending the Triennial Exhibition currently being run at the National Gallery of Victoria. And then back with something completely different.