1947

January

The estate of former Board President, the late Hugh Farquharson Osler (1881–1943), donates The Story by Canadian painter George Reid...
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April

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956), the School of Art Principal, is granted a two-year sabbatical to concentrate on his own work. In...
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November

In November, an exhibition of the collection of the Honourable Vincent Massey, a Canadian diplomat, is presented at the Gallery. A nude painting...
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1948

September

Muriel Sprague Richardson (d. 1973) invites Isobel Chester (d. 1987) and Alice Dexter (d. 1987) to form the Women’s Auxiliary, which would...
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1949

June

B.C. Scrivener becomes Board President. Alexander Musgrove (1882–1952) retires as Gallery Curator.

November

The Gallery hosts a memorial exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada for Prudence Heward (1896–1947), the late Montreal...
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December

The Women’s Auxiliary stage their first annual exhibition, Do You Own a Canadian Painting, designed to promote the private collecting, as...
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1950

January

The Women’s Auxiliary assumes control of the Junior League’s Art to the Schools program and begins leading the outreach classes at...
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April

In late spring, the Winnipeg School Board grants $1,000 to the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association’s Saturday Morning Art Classes for...
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June

The Winnipeg School of Art and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association are officially separated, with the former being re-established at the...
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Lawyer John Alexander MacAulay (1895–1978) is elected Board President. MacAulay was a prominent Winnipeg lawyer who was instrumental in...
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November

The Gallery hires its first full-time Director, American Alvan C. Eastman. The Harvard-educated Eastman, whose expertise lay in Islamic and...
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1951

January

The Women’s Auxiliary changes its name to the Women’s Committee and Irene Thomson becomes President.

June

The Gallery collection numbers 163 paintings. Director Alvan Eastman sends photographs of some works from the collection to the Fogg Museum at...
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October

A major exhibition of Spanish and Italian paintings opens at the Gallery entitled Exhibition of Favorite Italian and Spanish Masters of the 17th...
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November

The Gallery displays paintings and sculptures by faculty from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art, including Director William McCloy...
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1952

April

The Gallery completes formally cataloguing all the works in its permanent collection.

October

The Gallery begins collecting in the field of decorative arts with the bequest from Melanie Bolton-Hill of over 90 works of porcelain,...
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The exhibition Treasures of Dutch Old Masters opens on October 5, featuring 37 landscape, portrait, still life, interior, and genre-scene...
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1953

January

On January 11, the Gallery opens an exhibition of Chinese paintings from the 11th to the 20th centuries. Of the 46 works exhibited, major loans...
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March

March 30: At an Executive Meeting of the Board of Directors, John A. MacAulay (1895–1978) refers in detail to the qualifications of Dr....
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June

The Women’s Committee makes its first acquisition for the Gallery, purchasing Still Life by the Montreal painter Goodridge Roberts...
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September

The first Home Tour takes place. Organized by the Women’s Committee, the event is a fundraising initiative that allows Gallery members an...
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Joseph Harris becomes Board President. He would also donate Flower Still Life (c. 1935), a significant painting by Marc Chagall...
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October

Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) arrives in Winnipeg, replacing Alvan Eastman as Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association, a post...
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Eckhardt was accompanied by his wife Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté (d. 1974), an accomplished composer and widow of the German Expressionist...
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They were together from then on, dedicating their lives to promoting Gramatté’s art. To hear Margaret Morse, President of the...
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Great Masters of the Italian Renaissance opens on October 4, featuring the work of Bronzino (1503–1572), Tintoretto (1518–1594),...
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December

The Gallery receives a significant gift of English watercolours from the estate of early Gallery advocate James McDiarmid (1855–1934).

1954

January

In 1954, Eileen Bulman Abbott (d. 1980), becomes President of the Women’s Committee. She and her husband, Dr. Albert Clifford Abbott...
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The Gallery launches its first public screenings of film on art. The first program includes National Film Board of Canada productions on Arthur...
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February

One of Ferdinand Eckhardt’s (1902–1995) tasks is to review the controversy surrounding the Gallery’s 1936 acquisition of art...
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March

Having “suffered for a long time through lack of space to exhibit more of its permanent collection,” the Gallery brochure announces...
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April

An exhibition of children’s painting goes on display, created during the Gallery’s Saturday Morning Art Classes. This marks an early...
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Opening on April 10, the Gallery organizes and displays French Pre-Impressionist Painters of the Nineteenth Century.  Comprising 100 oils,...
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June

Grain merchant Stewart Augustus Searle (1897–1977) is elected Board President. In 1960, Searle would donate a bronze sculpture by noted...
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The Gallery establishes a library through a City of Winnipeg grant of $2,500.

September

In the fall George Swinton (1917–2002) becomes a professor at the University of Manitoba School of Art. Swinton was a Viennese artist...
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Modern Art in Winnipeg Homes opens on September 2. The exhibition comprises over 50 works privately owned by Winnipeggers, and includes artists...
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Soon after, the Gallery is bequeathed the $1.2 million home, located at 218 Roslyn Road, of the late Gordon Harold Aikins (1887–1954)
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October

Opening on October 6, the Gallery displays its first exhibition of historical tapestries. It includes 34 French, Flemish, German, Scandinavian,...
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November

R. Alexander Purves (1927-1997) donates Fleurs by French painter Maurice Vlamink (1876–1958).
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1955

January

On January 2, the Gallery launches an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Matisse: Sculpture, Paintings, Drawings. It includes...
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April

Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902–1995) convinces Robert Standish Gage Prendergast Vereker, 7th Viscount Gort (1888–1975), to lend...
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Board President John A. MacAulay (1895–1978) makes a public plea for the development of a city art centre to be located at Broadway Avenue...
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‚ÄčOn April 16, with the Spanish ambassador in attendance, the Gallery opens El Greco to Goya, a significant display of Spanish artworks from...
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June

George Haynes (d. 1974) joins the Gallery as its first preparator, overseeing matters of shipping, framing, and art installation. He would remain...
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John A. MacAulay (1895–1978) serves a second term as Board President.
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September

To commemorate the Board President’s generosity and his growing personal collection, the Gallery organizes Paintings from the Collection of...
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November

On November 2, the Gallery launches the first Winnipeg Show, which would run annually until 1961 and biannually from 1962 to 1970, to fanfare and...
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To hear Dr. Virginia Berry, longtime volunteer and President of the Women's Committee (1959-1960), Professor Richard Williams, and Celia...
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1956

January

The Gallery purchases its first Inuit works using funds raised by the Women’s Committee. The acquisition includes a work by Pinnie...
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A scholarship of $1,500 is announced for University of Manitoba fine art students. The scholarship is established by the Winnipeg Art Gallery...
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March

Opening March 11, the Gallery hosts a major exhibition of 59 sculptures and drawings by Henry Moore, organized by the British Council.

April

An exhibition of Chinese art opens at the Gallery on April 6, reflecting the efforts of Director Ferdinand Eckhardt (1902-1995) to introduce more...
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On April 19, Anthony Blunt (1907–1983) gives a lecture on the work of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), in anticipation of an exhibition...
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July

A Half Century of Picasso Prints, organized and toured by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opens at the Gallery on July 5. The exhibition...
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September

Opening on September 30, Portraits, Mirror of Man, organized by the Gallery, features work from lenders such as the National Gallery of...
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December

Over the winter of 1956/57 the Women’s Committee acquires 26 paintings and drawings by Winnipeg artist and longtime School of Art Principal,...
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