Publication of the catalogue Treasures of the National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Canada - September 10, 2003PRESS RELEASE
Publication du catalogue Trésors du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
For the first time ever, the breath-taking beauty, wide diversity and rich artistic importance of the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection is available to the public through Treasures of the National Gallery of Canada, an extraordinary new book published in association with Yale University Press, New Haven and London.
This beautifully illustrated, 288-page, catalogue represents some of the finest and most significant works held by the National Gallery, the largest visual arts museum in the country. It is comprised of nearly 130 full-page reproductions including the first major painting acquired by the National Gallery, Lucius R. O’Brien’s Sunrise on the Saguenay; paintings by some of the artists who would form the Group of Seven; works by Rembrandt and Rubens drawn from the Gallery’s European collection; modern art by Picasso, Léger and Giacometti as well as artwork by their North American counterparts: Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the U.S., Guido Molinari and Jana Sterbak in Canada. The Gallery’s fine collections of Inuit art and photography also figure in this outstanding visual survey of the museum’s holdings.
The illustrations in Treasures of the National Gallery of Canada are each accompanied by a detailed description of the artist, his work, and the respective significance of both.It is comprised of entries written by numerous art curators and it is edited by Dr. David Franklin, the Deputy Director and Chief Curator for the National Gallery of Canada. Dr. Franklin is the award-winning author of Rosso in Italy: The Italian Career of Rosso Fiorentino.
“Treasures of the National Gallery represents a major contribution to the understanding of the remarkable collection we hold in trust for all Canadians”, says Franklin. “For the first time, in one place, the public will get to see the length, breadth, and depth of our collection. We are tremendously proud.”
Treasures of the National Gallery of Canada was made possible through the generous support of the Parnassus Foundation (Jane and Raphael Bernstein), Harrison McCain, C.C., O.N.B., and Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation’s Circle Program and Founding Partners Circle.
It is now available in both English and French through The Bookstore in the National Gallery of Canada. It costs $49.95.