Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Death of Bruno Bobak
OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ – It was with sadness that I learned today
of the passing of Canadian war artist Bruno Bobak.
Throughout a career that spanned more than 60 years, Mr. Bobak made
considerable contributions to art collections across Canada.
Mr. Bobak enlisted with the Canadian Army in 1942 with the Royal
Canadian Engineers. After winning first prize in the Canadian Army Art
Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 1944, he went overseas
with the 4(th )Canadian Armoured Division as Canada’s youngest official war artist from
October 1944 until July 1946. As part of the federal government’s
initiative to detail the Canadian war efforts overseas, Mr. Bobak
documented war scenes from England, Belgium, Holland and France. He
held the rank of captain and contributed more than 100 paintings and
drawings to the Canadian War Collection.
Mr. Bobak was a Member of the Order of Canada.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to offer my
condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Bruno Bobak.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage