DAVID MILNE: MILNE IN NEW YORK AND TORONTO: FROM THE HARLEM RIVER 1906 TO TORONTO HARBOUR 1952: Catalogue Available
This exhibition includes twenty-three works but, in temporal scope, it spans the whole of David Milne's artistic career. It begins with work that he produced early in his career, indeed before he had decided to become a professional artist, and ends with a watercolour from 1952, the last year he painted. These works also allow us to see Milne turning his attention to urban subjects - the environs of New York and Toronto - at both the beginning and the end of his career.
Ian M. Thom
Milne in New York and Toronto - From the Harlem River 1906 to Toronto Harbour 1952
Published by Mira Godard Gallery, 2021
On Saturday, May 1st, 2021 Mira Godard Gallery was pleased to open an exhibition of paintings and watercolours directly from the Estate of DAVID MILNE. 50 years ago, in May of 1971, Mira Godard Gallery presented the first DAVID MILNE show.
DAVID MILNE (1882-1953) has long been recognized as one of Canada's most original and influential artists. Born in Bruce County, Ontario in 1882, he spent the early years of his artistic career in New York, where he was one of two Canadians represented in the famous Armory Show of 1913. He returned to Canada in 1929, eventually settling near Bancroft, where he died in 1953.
Milne's strong personal style incorporated aspects of the work of American and French impressionists, Whistler, Cézanne and the Fauves. Whether observing the rugged northern landscape or capturing the ephemeral beauty of the female figure casually observed, Milne's paintings express the spontaneity, freshness and clarity of vision that are hallmarks of his oeuvre.
DAVID MILNE was the subject of a major traveling exhibition, "David Milne Watercolours: Painting Toward the Light", at the Art Gallery of Ontario (February 25 - May 21, 2006); the British Museum, London (July 7 - September 25, 2005), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (November 8, 2005 - January 29, 2006).
In 2012, the Art Gallery of Ontario opened a newly expanded David Milne Centre. Combining art with archives, short films and interactive research tools, the Centre is a fitting way to help preserve Milne's legacy.
The exhibition "David Milne: Modern Painting" was exhibited at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, U.K. in February 2018. The exhibition travelled to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Milne's work is included in numerous international public, corporate and private collections.