Art at Council July 11, 2017 - Edward M. Slater
Art played a particularly important role in the Great War (1914-1918). The Canadian war arts program, known as the Canadian War Memorials Fund, was established by Lord Beaverbrook and was the largest of any nation. Canada understood that the momentous events of the war needed to be recorded.
Tonight’s painting is a watercolour by Edward M. Slater. Mr. Slater served at Vimy Ridge as an artillery officer. In his later years he started to paint and often painted from memory. This scene is of the Canadian artillery at Vimy Ridge and was painted in 1951.
On September 10, the Port Moody Station Museum in collaboration with the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, Germany, officially unveils an exhibition of Rudolf Koch sketches from the Great War. It’s a series of intimate pencil sketches showing the everyday life in the trenches on both sides. The museum’s Canadian war art collection, which includes tonight’s painting, will also be highlighted.
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