A Singular Vision: Eric Harvie Collects Art
JUNE 7 - AUGUST 24, 2014
Many of the same terms used to describe Lord Beaverbook apply to Glenbow founder Eric Harvie: tycoon, philanthropist and passionate art collector. However, the differences between the approaches of the two collectors is telling: Beaverbrook established his art collection with the aid of international art experts, while Harvie preferred to go it alone, personally vetting each acquisition. From individual pieces by Emily Carr or the entire contents of the studios of Walter Phillips and Carl Rungius, Harvie’s criteria for acquisitions was entirely focused on pieces dealing with Western Canada and the North.
In addition to showcasing the renowned artists mentioned above, A Singular Vision reaches deep into Glenbow’s collection, uncovering less-known yet remarkable works including plant studies commissioned by Harvie from Nora Brown and beautiful bird drawings and paintings by Archibald Thorburn and Alan Brooks.