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A concise history of Canadian painting [Paperback]

Dennis Reid
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First published in 1973, this book quickly became an indispensable short history of Canadian painting. This new edition has been extensively revised and expanded to reflect new information and new interpretations. The first edition studied Canadian painting through 1965, masterfully combining visual description, anecdotes, and aesthetic evaluation with full accounts of the careers of most of the leading Canadian painters, beginning in the French colonial period. The second edition covers events through 1980, with a new long chapter covering the crucial intervening fifteen years that saw developing in Canada a tremendous interest in other art forms, and an apparent waning of interest in painting. Reid contends that this was not so, and traces the contributions of established artists who produced steadily in the period as well as new arrivals on the scene who have since joined the ranks of leading Canadian artists. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 illustrations, 36 of them in color, this edition is simply the most wide-ranging and authoritative handbook on its subject available and will be of interest to anyone involved in art and art history.
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"For this lavishly illustrated history, one could scarcely be in better hands than those of Dennis Reid ..." --Globe and Mail

"A Concise History of Canadian Painting, Third Edition, remains an invaluable resource for art-lovers, history buffs and Canadianists alike." --National Gallery of Canada Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars History of Canadian Art with Color Illustrations Feb. 24 2010
In spite of the fact that Canada is a relatively young country with a small population we do have some impressive contributions to the arts and this book provides the reader with a short history of Canadian painting to the year 1980. Art by Emily Carr, AY Jackson(one of the group of seven), and more are featured in full color. A must read for the Canadian art historian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate introduction to Canadian Art March 23 2013
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This book was recommended to me by Prof. Francois-Marc Gagnon as a great introduction to Canadian art history. I agree it is a wonderful book;now in its third edition. I found the part on more recent artists somewhat long and tedious and I would have preferred to have more on a number of important Quebec artists like Jean-Paul Lemieux who is barely mentioned.
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An enjoyable, if somewhat academic, review of Canadian painting, including to some excellent reproductions (full-page) of paintings. The scholarship and detail is very well done (the "concise" subtitle is somewhat deceiving, but I believe he is indicating there was so much more to of value review, but could not be placed in one volume).

For someone who wants a more lively writing style, heavier on story-telling, I strongly suggest Picturing the Land: Narrating Territories in Canadian Landscape Art, 1500-1950
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1.0 out of 5 stars So Dryly Written I Wanted to Poke My Eyes Out Aug. 7 2009
My title says it all; this book was required reading for an Art History class on Canadian Art and I hated to have to read it. This is coming from an admitted History nerd, I can't get enough knowledge about the past, and yet this compilation of readings was so boring and slogged on with such dry writing that it was painful to have to read. Now in the book's defense I do not care much for colonial art as most of it is portrait and landscape based which for colonial Canada is paintings of farms and natives. However I can stomach almost anything and get something out of it unless the writing is as bad as this.
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