Curated by Christine Boyanoski

When Paraskeva Clark (1898–1986) arrived in Toronto in 1931, the local art scene was ready for a change. The dominant wilderness landscape idiom, rooted in nationalist ideology, was no longer adequate to express the social and political turmoil that would unfold over the next two decades. Clark’s socialist leanings equipped her to be a passionate spokesperson for socially engaged art. Her life and art reveal the challenges, frustrations, and successes of a Russian-born woman in a city whose dominant culture was British. For more on Paraskeva Clark read Christine Boyanoski’s Paraskeva Clark: Life & Work.


Dr. Christine Boyanoski, a curator and art historian, has written extensively on Canadian art. With a longstanding interest in cross-cultural art practice, she has published studies of Canadian art in a North American context. Art and exile, as exemplified by Paraskeva Clark, is one aspect of her work.

  • Snowfall

    Snowfall 1935

  • Wheat Field

    Wheat Field 1936

  • Russian Bath

    Russian Bath 1936

  • Presents from Madrid

    Presents from Madrid 1937

  • Petroushka

    Petroushka 1937

  • October Rose

    October Rose 1941

  • Self-Portrait with Concert Program

    Self-Portrait with Concert Program 1942

  • Parachute Riggers

    Parachute Riggers 1947

  • Souvenirs of Leningrad: Mother and Child

    Souvenirs of Leningrad: Mother and Child 1955–56

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