|Photo © Canadian War Museum, Corporate Photo Collection, photo F. Wimart.|
These paintings – some of which have not been shown before – are outside the Barney Danson Theatre in a new hanging system paid for by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.
The 10 portraits by war artists depict a wide variety of wartime scenes, both in the battlefield and at home.
“Canadian military history is more than just about soldiers; it’s also about ordinary people who must face difficult challenges and adapt to change when their lives are upended by conflict,” said James Whitham, of the Canadian War Museum, in a press release. “The works in Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times are direct, dramatic and speak broadly to the personal experience of war.”
The paintings show a wide variety of activities, including, Canadian women sorting apples during the First World War, a portrait of a woman in uniform that would become a recruiting poster for the Canadian Women's Army Corps, to Canadian seaman rescuing German sailors who survived a naval battle off the coast of France in the Second World War and much more. Conflicts in Rwanda and Afghanistan are also depicted.
The museum's Beaverbrook collection contains more than 13,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.
The museum intends to showcase more of the collection in the future in this space.
It is free to view this exhibition.