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December 31, 2005

Entrance to Halifax Harbour

As a welcome nod to the Year of the Veteran, the Tate Britain will be loaning A.Y. Jackson's Entrance to Halifax Harbour to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Jackson, an official Canadian war artist, produced the painting in 1919 as troops were returning from the First World War. It shows Canadian navy ships packed with men steaming into Halifax harbour.

"Entrance to Halifax Harbour is one of Jackson's most renowned paintings and a sentimental favourite image reflecting the naval and military traditions of Atlantic Canada," said Jeffrey Spalding, director and chief curator of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

One side-effect of the loan being that some folks will get a chance to see what the painting, for example, looks like. The Tate Britain does not host an image for unspecified "copyright restrictions". Well, this is all voodoo to me. The British High Commission to Ottawa does an end-run around these restrictions by showing an image of what looks to be the cover of an exhibition pamphlet and I am sorry to say that from the squinty view thereby afforded the work looks to be a bit of a dog's breakfast. Non-Canadian Flea-readers having not been indoctrinated in the works of the Group of Seven are best referred to some much more interesting Lawren Harris paintings.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 31, 2005 10:33 AM

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