History – Watercolours: Japan/Canada

This major international exchange between the CSPWC and the Japanese Water Colour Society took place in 1976.

The idea for the exhibition was broached by Ann MacIntosh Duff who had learned of contemporary Japanese interest in Western art. With the support of exhibition coordinator Julius Griffith, president John Bennett (1972-77), and the financial backing of the Ontario Arts Council, planning got underway in 1973.

“No other undertaking by a Canadian visual arts society had enjoyed such wide institutional support for many years.” Rebecca Sisler, Aquarelle

Japan-Canada Collection Catalogue
Japan-Canada Collection Catalogue
Osvald Timmas-Vikings Design of Varanger 1
Osvald Timmas-Vikings Design of Varanger 1
Marjorie Hodgson-Magic Gardens Series 9

It was agreed that the works from both Japan and Canada would be one size. 56 x 76 centimetres.

The exhibition was seen at:

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan

And in Canada:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec

MacDonald Block, Queen’s Park, Toronto Ontario

Art Gallery of Stratford, Ontario

London Art Gallery, Ontario

Sarnia Public Library & Art Gallery, Ontario

Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary, Alberta

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia

A black and white catalogue was produced with a grant from Wintario.