Photo Friday: Twitter Feed Showcases Canadian Glacier Paintings

The Twitter profile Canadian Paintings (@CanadaPaintings) offers a wide variety of paintings from the past and current centuries. The feed showcases new and old Canadian artists, their works ranging from over 100 years old to pieces made just a few years ago. Though a few of the works are abstract, most are representational, including portraits, landscapes, and scenes of daily life. Among the many landscape paintings highlighted here are paintings of glaciers and mountain environments. These include a painting of the Kaskawulsh Glacier in Kluane National Park, Yukon by Toni Onley from 1995. This painting plays with light, using mostly bright colors. It differs from the painting Glacier Above Moraine Lake, by Arthur Lismer, created in 1928. Lismer’s image uses darker colors and harsher, thicker lines than those seen in Onley’s painting.

By publishing works from many different artists, Canadian Paintings highlights different painting styles. The artists range in style and each provide a wide array of subjects and distinct perspectives of Canadian life. The Northern Lights are shown in a painting by Tom Thompson from 1915. Thompson’s piece is visually very different from a painting of Bow River and Castle Mt., by Alan Collier. The depiction of the Northern Lights was painted with harsher brushstrokes and less attention to detail than the undated piece by Collier, which has a more realistic feel.  

The landscape paintings reproduced on this Twitter feed include many depictions of snow and ice. These themes accurately represent a nation set in the north and characterized by long, hard winters. The artists reveal Canada’s natural beauty including snow dusted mountains and riverbanks. Among those that illustrate glacial environments is a painting by René Richard in 1954 titled Columbian Ice Fields. Ice fields are expansive forms of ice that collect in regions of high elevation and drain into small outlet glaciers.

The range of images from different places and times throughout Canadian history reveal a culture strongly tied to the natural world. The tagline on the Twitter feed indicates this deep appreciation for Canada’s natural environment. The tagline is simply a quote from Canadian artist Lawren Harris, “Above all, we loved this country and loved exploring and painting it.”  Follow Canadian Paintings for a beautiful glimpse into Canadian life and landscape.

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