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Canadian Art: Intro: Start Here

Lawren Harris

Untitled (Mountains near Jasper), c.1926-30, courtesy Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon.

Untitled (Mountains near Jasper), c.1926-30. Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon.

Quick Reference Books

 Research Hints

When researching Canadian art, you will be finding information from a variety of sources.

  • Start by using the biographical dictionaries - see the links below.
  • Next, search for books, newspapers and articles in the UM Library Search.
  • Additional articles will be found in specific databases, so check under the Article tab above! Here you will find additional newspaper sources too.
  • Don't forget to look at the Artist Files & Archives tab, as this may be the only information you find on an obscure Canadian artist. The files include newspaper and journal clippings about the artist, exhibition materials, critical reviews and other ephemeral materials. 


A Dictionary of Canadian Artists - This resource contains over 5000 biographical entries for Canadian artists. (Currently under construction).
Oxford Art Online - You will find some Canadian artists here.
North American women artist of the twentieth century: a biographical dictionary. Quick REF N6503 N67 1995
Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

Catalogue Raisonne

Reference: Biographical Dictionaries

Reference Help

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