It is said that Canada’s participation in the First World War gave the country its first sense of nationhood. This new consciousness may have been influenced by the wide publication of art works specially commissioned as a visual record of the Canadian forces’ activities. Frank Johnston flew with and painted pilots training at Camp Borden, Ontario. In doing so, he became the first Canadian artist to depict the experience of flight—and to paint the Canadian landscape as seen from the air. He wrote, “higher ever higher we rose till the land below became a beautiful rug with a geometric design of all colours… .”
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