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At Canada's National Gallery, women artists account for only 8% of the collection. These two films address the gender imbalance in the world of art and highlight some great women painters. The Other Side of the Picture: Canadian artist Doris McCarthy surveys the landscape of Lake Huron, made famous by the Group of Seven painters. 'When I was growing up, I heard, and I actually believed that there had never been any great women artists. This was the wisdom of the day.' This video takes us into the homes and studios of artists such as McCarthy, Mary Pratt, Joyce Weiland, Jane Ash Poitras and Landon Mackenzie, who address the question of inequality in the art world. Traversing the last two centuries of women's art history, this film offers provocative comment on why we are still missing the 'other side of the picture.' A 1998 film. By Woman's Hand: Although Prudence Heward, Sarah Robertson and Anne Savage showed their work with the Group of Seven and exhibited to favourable reviews around the world, their paintings all but disappeared after their deaths. This video brings to the screen for the first time the story of the Beaver Hall Hill Group, celebrating a lifetime of work accomplished by woman's hand. A 1994 film.

2000, 111 min 29 s

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