This catalogue was created to accompany an exhibition curated by Dr. Clare Bice from the London Art Museum. The high demand for Canadian art (and especially contemporary pieces) during the Centennial year led to the decision being taken to end this survey of 0ne hundred years of Canadian painting in 1950. It toured twelve cities during 1967 and 1968, and was sponsored by the National Gallery of Canada, where Paul Arthur was director of publications from 1956–67. Throughout his 11 year tenure Arthur produced an average of one publication each week.
The bilingual cover design features the exhibition title as a typographic tree form. Stylistically this is an approach Arthur employed across several exhibitions, beginning in the early 60s. The use of serif type is reflective of Arthur’s own, more refined design aesthetic, somewhat at odds with the designers he employed (who were more disciplined in the International Style).