Painted picture of two children reading

Laura Muntz Lyall, Interesting Story, 1898. Oil on canvas, 100.3 x 81.3. Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of the Government of the Province of Ontario, 1972. 72/18

Reality & Reverie: Canadian and European Painting Beyond Impressionism

Opening July 27, 2024

John & Nancy Mulvahill Gallery, Level 1, 127

Admission is always FREE for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass Holders & Indigenous Peoples. Learn more.

At the dawn of the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, the human mind was of great interest to scientists, scholars, and artists alike. What does it look like, they wondered, to learn and to dream? What is the shape of imagination?

This installation of 13 beloved paintings from the AGO collections of European and Canadian Art brings together dream-like landscapes, portraits of children reading, and adults lost in thought, to consider the many ways artists gave form to that intangible thing – one’s interior thoughts. Featuring examples of Realist, Impressionist, Expressionist and Symbolist art, the installation demonstrates how this pursuit helped push the bounds of traditional representation.

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