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In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began a 36 year journey of discovery that has culminated in this remarkable achievement, In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven. Determined to locate, document, and photograph the actual landscapes that inspired and influenced the brushes of A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonal ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Goose Lane Editions
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This book is the most amazing souvenir I have ever purchased! My dad and I saw the exhibit entitled In The Footsteps of the Group of Seven at a local art gallery a few years ago, and were absolutely awestruck. Jim and Sue Waddington's work is exceptional and to see their photos beside the original Group of Seven paintings was an awesome experience. It is difficult to find words to describe how I felt that day while in the presence of this magnificent art from then and now! My only regret as I we ...more
May 01, 2020 Mike Parkes rated it really liked it
An enjoyable, if brief, read about one couple's 30+ year journey to identify the locations of Group of Seven paintings, mostly (though not exclusively) in northern Ontario. These guys are expert orienteers so they have a leg up on most of us in matching landscapes based on topographic clues. It's amazing how close they were able to replicate some of the scenes, and the side-by-side comparisons of photo and painting provides some insights into the artists' stylistic changes. Shouldn't be your fir ...more
Fantastic and beautiful book! This is a great way to see some of the famous paintings done by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson from all over Canada, and the similarities and differences between their work and the original landscapes. I admire the authors, Jim and Sue Waddington, for being so dedicated and sharing all of their findings with us. I think any Canadian will like this book and feel proud of the artists and our beautiful landscapes. Especially after visiting Ontario and seeing some o ...more
The husband and wife authors like the outdoors. Back in the 70's Patti Waddinton hooks a rug depicting a scene from one of the Group of Seven paintings. Soon afterwards, on a canoe trip, they attempt to find the actual scene that inspired the painting. They do find it, photograph it, and start what will become a 30 year adventure of locating and photographing other Group of Seven scenes. They learn where the artists travelled by reading journals, interviewing locals, and traveling by canoe to fi ...more
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