Social Realism in Eastern Canada at CFA Gallery shines a light on Canadian Historical artists who turned their focus to the daily and working lives of Canadians. At a time when the viewing public was enthralled by the developments of the Group of Seven, a cadre of artists were depicting the challenges the population faced throughout the Depression and the ensuing years. The reality of life and work was a challenge to all. Economically and socially depressed, Canadian artists committed themselves to the task of capturing the visual culture of the time. Artists such as Fritz Brandtner, Phillip Surrey, and Miller Brittain looked at the lives of hardworking and out of work Canadians, reflecting the challenges of the time in their paintings. Through their paintings we are given a sense of struggle, but also of industry and recovery. Frederick B Taylor provided glimpses of machine workers and metal workers set to the task of rebuilding a strong and prosperous country during wartime.
From Toronto eastward, the artists featured in our exhibition present various states of life in Canada, whether it be unique early John Little paintings of a growing Quebec, or Phillip Surrey's compelling figurative cityscapes.
Please visit the gallery to experience these unique works of art from Canadian artists during the month of April.