Queen's University, Kingston
Le beau monde

Jean Paul Lemieux, Le beau monde, 1969, oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Ruth Soloway, 2012 (55-004.29)
photo: Bernard Clark


A Canadian Collection: The Soloway Gift

Historical Feature and R. Fraser Elliott Galleries
3 August 2013–20 April 2014
Reception: 4 October, 5–7 pm

In 2012, Ruth Soloway donated her collection to the Art Centre, one of the most significant gifts of Canadian art in the gallery’s history. Many of these major works of art have not been displayed publicly in decades. This exhibition provides both a snapshot of particular periods in Canadian art through rarely seen works and a glimpse into how a private art collection is formed–and ultimately transformed into a public legacy.

A Canadian Collection features gems from the Ruth Soloway gift. Over the second half of the twentieth century, the Ottawa philanthropist quietly built an astounding collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture spanning the 1840s to the 1980s. National in scope, it represents artists from the Arctic, the West Coast, the Midwest, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Soloway travelled extensively within Canada and internationally. While exposure to other cultures strengthened her artistic taste, she maintained a Canadian focus in her collection. From naturalistic landscapes of the nineteenth century to the bold views of Emily Carr and David Milne; from avant-garde abstractions by Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle to figurative paintings by Alex Colville and Jean Paul Lemieux, from William Kurelek’s Prairie children to Michael Snow’s Walking Woman, the collection reveals a deep passion and keen eye for Canadian art.

Please join us for the exhibition reception on Friday, 4 October, 5–7 pm.

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