Paul Peel (1860-1892), Leisure Moments, 1886, oil on canvas

For Study

19th Century Art History from the permanent collection at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

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The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) in Charlottetown has organized a new exhibition, For Study: 19th Century Art History, featuring 19th century Canadian paintings from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

The exhibition will be a resource for UPEI students enrolled in a 19th Century art history course and will include: a Romantic storm-tossed seascape by George Thresher; several paintings by Robert Harris; a portrait by Thomas Mower Martin; the iconic Leisure Moments, by Paul Peel; a scene depicting Indigenous life by Cornelius Krieghoff; and more.

“It is great to be able to align an exhibition with a UPEI art history class,” says Gallery Director Kevin Rice. “We are always happy to see students visit the galleries and use our new study lounge at the CCAG.”

Curator Pan Wendt is teaching the UPEI course and curating the companion exhibition. “Huge social-political changes were taking place. Suddenly you have paintings of ‘current events’; you have the need to visualize the change in values, the whole idea of the people and the public emerges.

He adds that with the advent of photography, painting was forced to adapt and shift in this era. “By the end of the 19th century, the art is almost unrecognizable compared to 100 years before. It went from academic nudes and history painting to full-fledged Modernism in the hands of Manet, Van Gogh, and so forth, with Paris the capital of all kinds of cultural change.”

For Study: 19th Century Art History is on display in the Young People’s Gallery at CCAG until May 21.

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