Indian Church by Emily Carr

Medium
Silkscreen Print
Size
40 × 25 inches
101.6 × 63.5 cm
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About the Work

Information from the National Gallery of Canada. This print is originally from the "60 Canadian Landscapes" series of Sampson-Matthews prints first sold in 1947-1953 in large format. Based on an original painting in the Art Gallery of Ontario. The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives possesses two copies. The Sampson-Matthews print program was one of the largest public art projects in Canadian history. The program was the product of a collaboration between Charles Matthews, General Manager and Vice-President of Sampson-Matthews Ltd.; Alfred J. Casson, the Chief Designer at Sampson-Matthews Ltd. and member of the Group of Seven; H.O. McCurry (1889-1964), director of the National Gallery of Canada; and A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974), painter and member of the Group of Seven. The initial goal of the Sampson-Matthews print program was to create sponsored reproductions of Canadian paintings for display at armed forces bases and administrative offices around the world as a reminder of what they were fighting for during the Second World War. After the end of the Second World War, Sampson-Matthews Ltd. encouraged the continuation of the prints program with the several series including "60 Canadian Landscapes"" series (1947-1953) of which this silkscreen is a part. The prints produced by Sampson-Matthews showed a mastery of the silkscreen process and used between ten to twenty different oil colours in each print. The prints are credited with enhancing public knowledge of Canadian art and the national identity throughout the 1940s to 1960s, and they continue to be valued as works of art in their own right to this day. They can be found primarily in private collections around the world, as well as in public art collections, including in the Penticton Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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