"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
Experiments in Watercolour from the AGGV Collection
Curated by Michelle Jacques and Nicole Stanbridge | Centennial and Ker Galleries | January 30 – May 23, 2016
How do you define watercolour? While it is one of the more challenging mediums to work with, it has at times throughout history been seen as a medium of leisure, used for studies or sketches, or as a precursor to more ‘serious’ works. This investigation into the Gallery’s collection of watercolour paintings uncovers an unexpected array of works that challenge these assumptions.
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."