The Art Gallery of Ontario
Toronto’s great gallery of art
The setting for the unrivaled and magnificent collection of Henry Moore sculptures dates from 1974 and was designed by the artist himself. Bronzes, plasters, and plaster maquettes are displayed in a large space with natural light entering the ceiling. The gallery’s collection of Henry Moore’s works contains several “Reclining Figures,” one of the sculptor’s favorite themes.
The European collections include many old masters, among them Brueghel the Younger, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, de la Tour, and Poussin. The evolution of Canadian art can be followed, both in Quebec, with fine pictures by artists such as Joseph Legare and James Morrice, and most comprehensively of all, in English Canada, where there is a splendid selection of works by the Group of Seven and their associates.
Toronto’s great gallery of art, strong in Canadian and european art, has been enriched and extended many times since the early 20th century, when it inherited the splendid Georgian mansion, The Grange. It is at present undergoing a major expansion to house the Thomson Collection of about 2,000 works given to the gallery by Canadian millionaire and art collector, Kenneth Thomson.