The National Gallery of Canada is home to the world’s most important collection of historical and contemporary Canadian art, as well as significant works of European, American, Asian, and Indigenous art and art photography. For 135 years, since its founding in 1880, the Gallery has played a vital role in Canadian culture. With the support of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, and the generosity of its Distinguished Patrons, the Gallery is able to fulfill its social and educational missions.

Founding Partners Circle

Lucius R. O’Brien

Sunrise on the Saquenay, Cape Trinity, 1880

Oil on canvas, 90 x 127 cm

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts diploma work, deposited by the artist, Toronto, 1880

Photo © NGC

Donors Across Canada

Across Canada, and around the world, our Distinguished Patrons are committed to the preservation of our shared Canadian cultural heritage. Their generosity has made the acquisition of major works possible, funded ambitious exhibition programming, and supported areas of curatorial research and scholarship.

Distinguished Patrons

Distinguished Patrons of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation meet and share knowledge and ideas about art and about collecting. They are not only engaged philanthropists but also respected Gallery ambassadors who, through their work, are helping to share Canada’s artistic legacy. We invite you to join our esteemed philanthropic family.

Major and Special Gifts

Claude Monet

Rock Needle Seen through the Porte d’Aval, Étretat, 1886

Oil on canvas, 65.2 x 92.1 cm

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Gift from the Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Collection, Montreal, 2009

Photo © NGC

American Friends of the
National Gallery of Canada

André Kertész

The Actress Jacquie Monier in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 1929, printed c. 1970 1979

Gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.2 cm; image: 19.7 x 24.7 cm

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Gift of the American Friends of Canada Committee, Inc., 1995, through the generosity of

Mr. and Mrs. Noel Levine

Photo © NGC