On until Fall 2011
Walter Trier Gallery
Walter Trier was an avid collector of traditional German folk toys. The simple expressive forms and whimsical qualities of the toys provided a constant source of inspiration for his art, and in 1922 he illustrated the picture book Spielzeug (Toys).
About The Walter Trier Gallery
Devoted to the work of Walter Trier, this gallery features small rotating exhibitions of the artist’s watercolours, drawings, paintings and sculpture along with satirical works on paper by other artists from the AGO collection.
Walter Trier was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1890. He moved to Berlin at age 20 where he became known for his caricatures and childrens’ book illustrations. Trier fled to England from Nazi Germany in 1936 and eventually immigrated to Canada in 1947. In Toronto he illustrated books and designed posters for Canada Packers Limited. He died in Collingwood, Ontario in 1951.
In 1976 the AGO received a gift from the Trier-Fodor Foundation of over 1100 works by Trier and 345 folk toys. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition of humorous, satirical and illustrative art.