Canadian Impressionism

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Canadian Impressionism is a subclass of Impressionist art influenced from French Impressionism. Guy Wildenstein of the Wildenstein Institute in Paris states in the foreword of A.K. Prakash's Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery that Canadian impressionism is "the Canadian artists who gleaned much from the French but, in their improvisations, managed to transmute what they learned into an art reflecting the aesthetic concerns of their compatriots and the times in which they lived and worked".[1] The early Canadian Impressionist painters belong into the "Group of who?" as coined by James Adams of The Globe and Mail.[2]


Canada's first affair with Impressionism occurred in 1892 in Montreal at W. Scott & Sons' premises. Eight paintings were exhibited including works of Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley.[3] Canadian Impressionism was first recognized as a historical movement in Canadian Art in 1950.[4]


List of notable Canadian Impressionist collectors[edit]

Prakash acknowledges in his book a few notable collectors of Canadian Impressionist art.[6]


  1. ^ Prakash. 2015. p. xxv
  2. ^ Adams, James (December 5, 2014). "Group of who? A new book paints the fullest picture yet of Canada's vision of Impressionism". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc.
  3. ^ Pohl, John (February 5, 2015). "Visual arts: Montreal played key role in spread of Impressionism to Canada". Montreal Gazette. Postmedia Network Inc.
  4. ^ Prakash. 2015. p. 11
  5. ^ a b c "Visions of Light and Air: Canadian Impressionism, 1885-1920". Americas Society / Council of the Americas. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  6. ^ Prakash. 2015. p. 34


  • Prakash, A.K. Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery. Stuttgart: Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2015. ISBN 978-3-89790-427-9
  • Lowrey, Carol, Visions of Light and Air: Canadian Impressionism, 1885-1920, Americas Society, 1996.