Vimy Ridge ... artists document the First World War
April 1, 2017 - October 15, 2017
John and Norma Oyler Gallery
Canadian blood and resolve at Vimy Ridge, the first occasion when the four Canadian divisions fought as a combined force, won Canada its own seat at the Paris Peace Conference and on the newly-established League of Nations in 1919. In the century since that battle, Vimy Ridge has become a lieu de mémoire, the place where Canada became an independent nation in the eyes of the world.
Whether officially appointed, or simply soldiers in the field who recorded what they saw, artists’ depictions of Vimy Ridge and other battlefields in France and Belgium still convey both the despair and conviction of their generation.
The exhibition presents not just the battlefields, but also the home front during the First World War.