Katerina Atanassova and Anna Hudson

Women and Impressionism in Canada: On the Trail of Modernity

Thursday, March 17, 2022
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EDT
This is a virtual event. Zoom

Join Katerina Atanassova, curator of Canada and Impressionism, and Professor Anna Hudson, contributor to the exhibition publication, as they explore how Canadian Impressionists reinvented the traditional subject of the female model, both clothed and nude, over a period of five decades from the early 1880s to the late 1920s. 

The panellists will examine concepts of modernity, along with the qualities of light, air and atmosphere in various works, and discuss how emerging debates on industrial progress, equal rights and women’s suffrage led Canadian artists to reconsider the role and representation of modern women. 

In English, with French simultaneous interpretation.



Franklin Brownell, Tea Time, 1901

Franklin Brownell, Tea Time, 1901. Oil on canvas laid on board, 39.1 × 28.9 cm. Private collection

Helen McNicoll, The Chintz Sofa, c. 1913

Helen McNicoll, The Chintz Sofa, c. 1913. Oil on canvas, 81.3 × 99.1 cm. Private collection


Katerina Atanassova is Senior Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada where she has overseen the reinstallation of the Canadian art collection in the Indigenous and Canadian Galleries. She has curated award-winning exhibitions of historical and contemporary Canadian art in Canada and abroad, including William Berczy – Man of Enlightenment (2004), F. H. Varley: Portraits Into the Light (2006), Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011), James Wilson Morrice: The A. K. Prakash Collection in Trust to the Nation (2017) and Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons (2019).

Anna Hudson, PhD / FRSC, is an art historian and curator specializing in 19th and 20th-century art in Canada, in addition to modern and contemporary circumpolar Indigenous art and performance. Hudson is a professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University (Toronto). She also continues to research and publish in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933–1950), exploring the influence of scientific humanism on art, criticism, and cultural advocacy in the interwar years.

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
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