Did Canadian Art Begin With Krieghoff?
Did Canadian art begin with Cornelius Krieghoff? This article addresses the question in light of two opposing views. In the first few paragraphs of the forward to his 1960 book, La peinture traditionnelle au Canada français, Gérard Morisset attacked those (unnamed) art critics who proposed that Krieghoff was the originator of Canadian art. He severely condemned their dismissal of art prior to 1860. Instead he states that there was a much earlier start to the history of Canadian art, beginning with those artists who had responded to the religious or secular aesthetic needs of Quebec's original francophone population. Certainly Morisset believed that Krieghoff could not be considered the first Canadian painter because his work was so derivative of Dutch models.