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Mearto Specialist:

Anne M.

Anne has been providing collectors with fine art appraisals and authentication research for the last 10 years. She specializes in the identification of forgeries and has worked alongside some of the world's leading experts in the field of provenance research and scientific analysis. Her extensive experience includes collaborations with major museums, foundations and auction houses in Europe and the United States, ensuring the integrity of high-value transactions. As an online appraisal expert, Anne enjoys the diversity of items submitted by Mearto customers and takes pride in sharing her knowledge and passion for fine art.

The history of Canadian art is rich and diverse, reflecting the cultural, social, and geographical aspects of the country. The development of Canadian art spans centuries, with various influences shaping its evolution. Here is a brief overview of the history of Canadian art:

Indigenous Art:

  • Pre-European Contact: Indigenous peoples in Canada have a long history of artistic expression, including carving, weaving, and painting. Totem poles, masks, and ceremonial objects are notable examples of Indigenous art that reflect cultural traditions and spiritual beliefs.

Early European Influences:

  • 17th to 18th Centuries: The arrival of European explorers and settlers in the 17th century brought new artistic influences to Canada. Early Canadian art was influenced by European styles, and religious institutions played a significant role in commissioning artworks.

The Group of Seven:

  • Early 20th Century: The Group of Seven, formed in 1920, was a pivotal force in Canadian art. Influenced by European modernism, the group, including artists like Lawren Harris and Emily Carr, sought to capture the rugged landscapes of Canada, particularly the Group's depiction of the Canadian Shield and northern wilderness.

Indigenous Renaissance:

  • Late 20th Century: The latter half of the 20th century witnessed an Indigenous artistic renaissance. Indigenous artists, such as Norval Morrisseau and Daphne Odjig, gained recognition for their innovative work, often blending traditional styles with contemporary approaches.

Contemporary Art Scene:

  • Late 20th Century to Present: The Canadian art scene has become increasingly diverse and dynamic. Artists explore a wide range of media and themes, reflecting multicultural influences and addressing issues related to identity, social justice, and the environment.

Emily Carr and Modernism:

  • Early to Mid-20th Century: Emily Carr, associated with the Group of Seven, is known for her modernist approach to capturing the landscapes of British Columbia and the Indigenous peoples of the region. Her work gained recognition posthumously, and she is considered a significant figure in Canadian art history.

Quebecois Art and the Automatistes:

  • Mid-20th Century: In Quebec, the Automatistes, a group of artists including Paul-Émile Borduas, advocated for abstract and spontaneous expression. Their manifesto, the "Refus Global," was a key moment in the development of modern art in Quebec.

Multiculturalism and Global Influences:

  • Late 20th Century to Present: With the embrace of multiculturalism, Canadian artists have explored diverse themes and styles. Global influences, combined with a focus on cultural diversity, have shaped contemporary Canadian art.

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