It’s known for it’s Group of Seven collection. My visit to the McMichael Collection in Kleinberg in my formative years added to my love of art, the love of galleries and their presentation of art. Curators are great artists in their own right. I especially liked the presentation in the National Gallery. The Group of Seven works were closed today as was the famed collection of art of the indigenous people of Canada.Living in Vancouver, I love and have made regular visits to the UBC Museum of Anthropology and the Kwagiulth Museum and Cultural Centre on Quadra Island. I believe these are greatest displays of native art though that visited museums across Canada celebrating the plains and mohawk tribes .I would have liked to have seen this as much for the choice and presentation as the art itself.
Having worked with the Inuit in Churchill I did however appreciate the selected sculptures of Inuit art.
The National Gallery Contemporary Collection was especially impressive but it’s European collection was most revealing.. I love Christian art, all of it, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Roccoco, Neoclassical, and Romantic. I love the landscapes and towns and activities of the people and portraiture especially of the Neoclassical and Romantic periods. Portraiture once interested me more but for a few years now I’ve been fascinated by the different artists portrayal of the Madonna and Child. In art classes everyone must paint the bowl of fruit. In Modern art the reclining naked woman is a matter of much consideration indeed. But the Modonna Child was for years the greatest test of the artist of old. A subject that all the artists of thousands of years approached with reverence and awe. It is no little matter where the baby looks, forward, at or away from the mother. The same goes for the eyes of the mother. These are just a few of the myriad of permutations and combinations available in this apparently simple construction. Contemplating and meditating on this art is a spiritual past time. The more God inspired the work, the closer I feel to the subject.