the Dr. and Mrs. Max Stern Collection, Ernest E. Poole Collection, J. S. McLean Collection, Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Frederic A. Verner, David Milne, Goodrich Roberts

Edmonton Art Gallery, Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery

One of the advantages of the private collector is that he is able to indulge his taste without regard for equality of representation. It was therefore a pleasure (albeit a mixed one) and something of a blessing to be able to see three exhibitions of Canadian private collections within a very short period, the Dr. and Mrs. Max Stern and the Ernest E. Poole Collections at the newly opened Edmonton Art Gallery and the J. S. McLean Collection at the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. All three collections concentrated upon Canadian art and I will limit myself to a discussion of that aspect of them here.

One of the characteristics of Canadian collections has been a tendency to cater to a sense of national identity, the search for which has become something of a national pastime. One of the major drawbacks of this approach is that it too frequently results in a rejection of the best art in

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