Art Gallery of Alberta

The Bequest: Ernest E. Poole and the AGA Collection
March 9-July 1, 2013


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David Milne, The Ski Jump, 1927. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, gift of The Ernest E. Poole Foundation, 1975.

Laura Muntz Lyall, Mother And Child, 1895. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, gift of The Ernest E. Poole Foundation, 1975.



In 1975, the Ernest E. Poole Foundation donated 90 works of art to the Edmonton Art Gallery, now known as the Art Gallery of Alberta. This gift remains the most significant contribution ever made to the AGA’s collection of historical Canadian art. It includes major works from the late 19th century by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, as well as mid-century modernists and renowned westerners such as James Henderson. These paintings had been originally collected by Ernest E. Poole, who passed away some ten years before the donation was given to the Gallery under the direction of his son John. In celebration of the Poole legacy, this exhibition features key works from the 1975 gift. It will consider how this bequest has shaped exhibiting practices at the Gallery and the discourse of Canadian art history to which it has contributed.

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