March 6, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015
Maxwell Bates, Ghitta Caiserman, A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott, Jack Shadbolt, Philip Surrey
The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant art collection that spans the modern period (1890–1985). Originally established by Ottawa-based collectors O.J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the collection contains over 1,600 works by influential Canadian artists, including Maxwell Bates, Edwin Holgate, Arthur Lismer, Henri Masson, Marian Scott and Philip Surrey.
The private collection carries with it the motives and stories of its collectors. The Firestones valued personal connection with the artists whose work they acquired. Through the relationships they built by visiting artists in their studios and maintaining contact over the decades, they were able to acquire sizeable amounts of work by many, such as Vancouver painter Jack Shadbolt, Group of Seven artists A.J. Casson and A.Y. Jackson, Montreal artist Ghitta Caiserman.