From an article by Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal, March 19, 2013:
Though the Hart House collection is now monumental with vintage Canadian art, everything within it was once deliberately fresh and contemporary.
That’s an interesting point about the Art Gallery of Alberta’s new show, A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Art Collection. Decades before Group of Seven paintings adorned mouse pads, postage stamps and desk calendars — penetrating our culture wholly — these seven determined “Algonquin school” artists reacted against prescribed European artistic doctrine. They were the punk rockers of their time, intentionally forging a new character for themselves, and us.
Please note: the article implies that William Weston donated Cheam, but it was actually Lawren Harris who donated Abstract (War Painting).