National Gallery's summer shows to highlight First World War, Gustave Doré

The Canadian Press
January 27, 2014

OTTAWA - The National Gallery of Canada says it is planning two major summer exhibitions highlighting First World War photography and the 19th-century French artist Gustave Doré.

"The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography" will include images that illustrate the various roles — political, militaristic and personal — that the medium played during the conflict that began 100 years ago. Organized by the National Gallery, the show opens June 27.

"Gustave Doré (1832-1883): Master of Imagination," co-organized with the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, is described as the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to the artist known for his influential book illustrations. Opening June 13, it will include prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures.

For the fall and running through February 2015, the gallery plans to stage a major retrospective of Canadian abstract painter Jack Bush, with works that span the 1930s to 1970s.