Art: Northern Lights

Mexican painting is as familiar to U.S. art lovers as chile con carne, but the only Canadian art most Americans see are the Indian chiefs and yellow wheat fields on railway posters. This week a handsome book on the subject (Canadian Painters; Oxford University Press, $6.50), appeared to dispel the northern mist.

Compared with the red-pepper frenzy and propaganda punch of the best Mexicans, the 24 Canadians represented seemed as remote from the rush of civilization as the glaciers, jack-pine forests and frozen lakes they liked best to paint.

The Fur Brigade. Among the first was Cornelius Krieghoff, adventuring son of a Dutch...

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