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JACK BEDER, CAS, CSPWC, CSGA (Canadian, 1910-1987)

'Sunlit Coast'

(Nova Scotia) 1950


Oil painting on masonite

Signed 'Beder' lower right

Titled and dated verso. Inventory #477.

16 inches by 20 inches (n original hand-carved artist's frame)


Jack Beder was born in Opatów, Poland, in 1910. At the age of 16, he emigrated to Montreal. He studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (Montreal School of Fine Arts) from 1929 to 1934. As a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour and the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, he regularly participated in exhibitions of the Art Association of Montreal (beginning in 1931) and the Contemporary Arts Society of Montreal (as of 1939). He exhibited at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


According to the McCord Museum (Montreal): "Jack Beder was one of the most representative members of a group of artists known as the "Jewish Painters of Montreal" who depicted the social realism of the city during 1930s and 1940s. This term, first used by the media to describe the participants in the annual Young Men’s – Young Women’s Hebrew Association art show in the 1930s, was popularized by art historian Esther Trépanier in the 1980s."


The subject of a 2004 retrospective at Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Beder’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, National Portrait Gallery, Museum London, London, Ontario; Concordia University, Montreal; Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Jasper Yellowhead Museum & Archives, Alberta; Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, Montreal; Mount Sinai Hospital, Montreal; as well as in the corporate collections of IBM, Shell Canada, Calgary; Royal Bank of Canada and Power Corporation of Canada.

Jack Beder (Canadian, 1910-1987) 'Sunlit coast' oil painting dated 1950


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    Additional information


    Exhibited at Galerie Antoine, 939, Victoria Square (Montreal, Quebec) 1951.

    Exhibited at Young Men's Hebrew Association, Mount Royal Avenue (Montreal, Quebec) "Jewish Painters of Montreal Exhibition" 1951.

    Exhibited at the William P. Wolfe Gallery (Montreal, Quebec) 1964.


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