Douglas & McIntyre
Abstract Painting in Canada

Book details:

February 2008
ISBN 978-1-55365-394-3
Paperback - Trade
10" x 12"
432 pages
200 colour illustrations
Art
$50.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Abstract Painting in Canada

After the overwhelming success of the original, this lavishly illustrated and superbly printed art book is now available in trade paper.


From the sometimes eccentric but remarkable work, rooted in symbolism and theosophy, of pioneers such as Kathleen Munn, Bertram Brooker and Lawren Harris, to the Automatistes in Montreal, to the conceptual art movement in Halifax, the urge to abstraction in art is spread wide across Canada. Abstract Painting in Canada covers the movement throughout the twentieth century, including highlights from 1940s Montreal and the Clement Greenberg–influenced Prairies in the sixties and seventies. The book continues through the eighties and nineties, during which critics largely denounced painting, and concludes in the twenty-first century, with abstract painting alive and well again in the studios of Canada’s young artists. A monumental tome containing 200 colour reproductions, it mines a rich vein of art history ripe for international discovery.

“In his introduction to this comprehensive overview of abstract painting in Canada, the eminent historian, critic and curator Roald Nasgaard … suggests that abstraction is better understood as a synergetic continuum between representation and pure painterly construction… Thoroughly researched, highly readable and filled with top-notch illustrations, Nasgaard’s book firmly established a historical canon and sets a new standard for Canadian art publishing.” —Canadian Art

About the Author

Roald  Nasgaard

Roald Nasgaard

Roald Nasgaard is a professor of art history and, for the past decade, chair of the art department at Florida State University. His long and distinguished ...

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