The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

Book - 2011
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"Silcox [is] a wonderfully lucid stylist . . . this definitive volume presents 400 supreme color reproductions . . . covering the entire spectrum of the proficient and prolific group's magnificent output . . . every painting is vibrantly, radiantly, and gloriously alive: a veritable hymn to life."
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At a critical time in Canada's history, the Group of Seven revolutionized the country's appreciation of itself by celebrating Canada as a wild and beautiful land. These paintings of the wilderness evoke the same response in viewers today as they did when first exhibited.

Now in paperback, The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson is even more affordable than the celebrated original hardcover edition. This award-winning bestseller includes many never-before reproduced paintings and presents the most complete and extensive collection of these artists' works ever published. The 400 paintings and drawings reveal the remarkable genius of all 10 painters who, at some point, were part of the movement. Tom Thomson, who died before the Group was established, was always present in the public mind.

Included are works by:

Frank Carmichael Frank Johnston A.J. Casson Arthur Lismer Le Moine FitzGerald J.E.H. MacDonald Lawren Harris Tom Thomson Edwin Holgate F.H. Varley A.Y. Jackson.

The artwork is organized by the various regions of Canada, with additional sections on the war years and still-life paintings. Introductory essays provide a context for a greater understanding and appreciation of Canada's most celebrated artists.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2011, c2003.
ISBN: 9781554078851
Branch Call Number: 759.11 Sil
Characteristics: 441 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)


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Aug 06, 2018

In their glory days - The much-celebrated "Group of Seven" consisted of 7 Canadian landscape painters who formed an artistic alliance amongst themselves which prevailed (at its peak) in the years from 1920-1933.

While each member of the group developed their own diverse painting techniques (as individual artists) - These 7 men were the ones who initiated the first major Canadian national arts movement.

The original members of the "Group of Seven" were Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.H. MacDonald, and Lawren Harris (who outlived all the other members and died in 1970).

Major collections of these men's work can be found in both the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Through stills and text - This excellent volume gives you a very good overview of all of the Group of Seven's artistic output as it existed in their heyday.

readrater Apr 07, 2012

What a spectacular book! The images provided by these amazing artists really show the beautiful wild landscapes of Canada. The back story about Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is very interesting and a good part of Canadian history. You have to see this book to appreciate the fabulous paintings by this group.

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