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    Virtual exhibition celebrates groundbreaking Canadian war artist Molly Lamb Bobak


    By Moira Farr, Public Affairs

    Ottawa, Ontario — “I love the army and I'll keep on putting down what I see until the war is over,” said Molly Lamb Bobak in 1945.

    She was 25 years old, and three years earlier, had made history as the first Canadian female war artist who was also a serving member of the military. Her role was to document another first – the wartime activities of the newly formed Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC).

    The Canadian War Museum's virtual exhibition (ongoing indefinitely), “Women in Service — The War Art of Molly Lamb Bobak,” showcases Bobak's works from the museum's Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. 

    As a member of CWAC herself, Bobak travelled across during the war, and to and Europe shortly after the war ended. Her paintings show women in training, marching, doing gas drills or working at various jobs. She also documented war damage to and spent six weeks travelling around post-VE Day northwestern Europe in the back of a truck, sketching and painting what she observed. 

    “It's a unique style,” says exhibition curator and historian Stacey Barker. “It's almost like you're watching a scene unfold before you, in a candid way. The compositions are very informal. You just happen to see a group of women sorting mail overseas or working on a car in London. She's very observational that way. She was one of them, so she kind of fit into the scene herself.” 

    The exhibition was originally…

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