Canadian Centre for the Great War

On the 4th of November, the Galerie Gora hosted an unusual art display of a dozen Belle Époque posters from the First World War. These propaganda posters were designed by celebrated French artists such as painter cartoonist Abel Faivre and painter illustrator Auguste Leroux. The event, a fundraiser for The Canadian Centre for the Great War, included a silent auction in which two of the original posters, donated by Centre founder, Mark Cahill, were  auctioned off.

“The posters we will be showing at this event have never been displayed publicly,” says Great War Centre curator Caitlin Bailey. “This will be the first time that these works will be hung so that people can see them properly.”

Canadian Centre for the Great War

Curator Caitlin Bailey examines Edwin Stewart Turner’s uniform. Turner fought at the Battle of Courcelette with the 42nd Battalion.

Normally, over 85% of the 45 posters in the collection lie in storage on the second floor of an office in an old factory building on St. Patrick Street where the Canadian Centre for the Great War is housed.

These posters are part of the small museum’s collection of between 3,000 to 5,000 artifacts which includes hundreds of personal letters, medals, uniforms, diaries, and wooden plaques from the war that ended 98 years ago this month – artifacts sprawled in the entrance and in a circuit of five rooms upstairs in Suite 202. Touring through the Centre with curator Caitlin Bailey is a treat for anyone who wants to hear personal stories about World War I soldiers and their families.

Read more at The Montrealer November 2016 Issue.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Tracey Arial

About the Author

Tracey Arial

Tracey Arial helps Canadians grow with notable nonfiction and urban agriculture.

Follow Tracey Arial: