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The Best of the Group of Seven

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A stunning, full-colour collection of the brilliant paintings that revolutionized Canadian art.

In the early twentieth century a group of young artists strived to create, in Lawren Harris’s words, paintings that would “embody the moods and character and spirit of the country.” The fifty-four breathtaking colour plates in this book confirm their success. Well-loved landscape
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 11th 1993 by McClelland & Stewart (first published July 1st 1984)
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Erma Odrach
The Group of Seven, a group of Canadian artists in the early 1900's, developed a style of painting to reflect the rugged landscape of northern Canada. My favorite is Tom Thomson because of his understanding of nature and his great skill as a colorist. I enjoy going to look at his painting 'Bateaux' at the gallery in Toronto, which shows how lumberjacks manipulated the flow of timber on a river. This book overall is a great way to become familiar with a group of artists who captured the essence o ...more
Mike Violano
I discovered the paintings by the Canadian artists in the "group of Seven" in the late 1990's at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. This book is actually a catalog of paintings and two well written critical essays. This group of Canadian created some of the most striking landscape art of the 20th century. Although the group had its first exhibition in 1920, the band of artists started camping and painting together around 1912. A few favorites by members include: Bateaux by Tom Thomson, The E ...more
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“Through our own creative experience we came to know that the real tradition in art is not housed only in museums and art galleries and in great works of art; it is innate in us and can be galvanized into activity by the power of creative endeavor in our own day, and in our own country, by our own creative individuals in the arts. We also came to realize that we in Canada cannot truly understand the great cultures of the past and of other peoples, until we ourselves commence our own creative life in the arts. Until we do so, we are looking at these from the outside.” 4 likes
“No man can roan or inhabit the Canadian North without it affecting him, and the artist, because of his constant habit of awareness and his discipline in expression, is perhaps more understanding of its moods and spirit than others are. He is thus better equipped to interpret it to others, and then, when her has become one with its spirit, to create living works in their own right, by using forms, colors, rhythms and moods, to make a harmonious home for the imaginative and spiritual meaning it has evoked in him. ” 3 likes
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