19th Century Canadian Artists

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In the early 1800s, art in Canada began to prosper due a larger number of commissions from the public and Church construction which allowed a greater number of professional artists to earn a living off their work. Portrait and landscape painting in particular is recognized from this period as it allowed a higher degree of innovation and change. The Rococo style influenced several Canadian artists who aimed for the style's light and carefree painting. Canada's artists evolved independently from France and England as the connection was broken off during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.