Park, c. 1936-1940
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
35.6 x 43 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 38559)
© Estate of Marian Scott
Since the industrial revolution the artist has been exceptionally isolated. His work has been mainly ignored or misunderstood by his society, and when bought, it has been mainly as luxury goods. The artist in turn has despised society and disassociated himself from its aims and ideals . . . But today there are many signs of a change of attitude by both society and the artist. There are many indications that society is recognizing the need of the arts as a part of creative living. And there are signs everywhere that the artist wants to be integrated with the moving forces of his age. He is trying to use his enriched heritage to express new experiences and new values.
Marian Scott, "Science as an Inspiration to Art," Canadian Art, October 1943