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Canadian Art: Intro: Start Here


ArtTexte - Artexte is a library, research centre and exhibition space for contemporary art. Our unique print and digital document collection holds over 30 000 documents covering the visual arts from 1965 to the present, with an emphasis on the art of Canada and Québec. e-AARTEXTE includes blog and digitized materials.

The Canadian Online Art Book Project is a growing digital library of books–all original works commissioned by the Art Canada Institute–by the country’s leading art experts on artists who have made a critical contribution to the evolution of the nation’s art history. Each year the ACI releases six new titles in this program.

Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art - Important publication in Canadian art history that we have at U of M. Just search by title in the Libraries catalogue.

Diana Thorneycroft

Portrait of Winnipeg (Life is like a box of chocolates)

Portrait of Winnipeg (Life is Like a Box of Chocolate),
24 x 30. Digital C Print.

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.
Oxford Art Online - You will find some Canadian artists here.
North American women artist of the twentieth century: a biographical dictionary. Q REF N 6503 N67 1995
Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

Catalogue Raisonne

Reference: Biographical Dictionaries

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