Distinctive for his stark, modernist style, Ontario-born painter, printmaker and writer David B. Milne (1882-1953) is widely recognized as one of Canada’s foremost artists. In a 1991 letter to art historian David Silcox, the acclaimed American art critic Clement Greenberg wrote, “To claim that Milne was arguably Canada’s greatest painter is not extravagant…I would class him with such as [John] Marin and [Edward] Hopper in my own country. But he can hold his own anywhere."
"I haven't one friend my own age and generation. I wish I had. I don't know if it's my own fault. I haven't a single thing in common with them...None of them like painting and they particularly dislike my kind of painting. I have lots more in common with the young generation...but there you are."
Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands, April 12, 1934