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Upcoming Exhibitions


On Paper

February 6, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Curated by Sarah Stanners and Chris Finn

Most great works of art begin with a drawing. Ideas come out on paper first. There is a degree of intimacy and immediacy that is inherent with works on paper, and this exhibition aims to celebrate these qualities in art. Yet paper also grants a level of democracy and accessibility to works of art through printmaking and easy circulation. On Paper explores a variety of ways in which our story of Canada has been shaped by works of art on paper.

On Paper will be on view for a limited time only, since light exposure can be a conservation concern. This exhibition will be a rare glimpse of the best works on paper from the McMichael permanent collection and should not to be missed!

Highlights of this exhibition include a comprehensive exhibition of Clarence Gagnon’s original artworks for Maria Chapdelaine, a diary/sketchbook by Emily Carr, our best Milne watercolours, including a never-before publicly exhibited watercolour called Morning Paper, which is a recent promised gift to our collection, the best watercolours by AJ Casson, and more. Come and see McMichael’s very best works on paper from our own collection.


Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942)
The Betrothal, 1928 – 1933
gouache over colour monotype on paper
sheet: 24.1 x 26.5 cm; image: 21.5 x 22.6 cm
Gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin
McMichael Canadian Art Collection



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