Canvas of War: Treasures of Military Art from the Canadian War Museum
By Dean F. Oliver and Laura Brandon
2000, ISBN 978-1-55054-772-6
178 pages, 122 illustrations, 26 x 26 cm, hard cover
War is foreign to most Canadians today. Yet Canada’s history as a nation is built on battles, many of them fought far from home. During the First and Second World Wars, in which thousands of Canadians served, the country commissioned some of its finest artists to capture history in the making, Nearly 13,000 paintings and drawings, now housed at the Canadian War Museum, constitute the largest collection of Canadian war art anywhere.
This superb book weaves 110 of these full-colour, seldom-seen Canadian war art images, mesmerizing works produced on the battlefield, with archival photographs and an evocative and informative text. The result is a stunning visual and historical record of Canada’s experience of war, by such renowned artists as A. Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Mabel May and Alfred Munnings — and in the Second World War, Alex Colville, Charles Comfort, Molly Lamb Bobak and Jack Shadboty.