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The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

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A compact edition of an award-winning best-seller -- more affordable than the celebrated original, but otherwise identical.

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 wh
Hardcover, 441 pages
Published August 14th 2006 by Firefly Books (first published 2003)
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Mary Ronan Drew
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Canadian painters called The Group of Seven actually had eleven members. (Wilhelm says it has something about their being on the metric system up there.) However many of them there are, they were all brilliant and prolific painters whether they chose to paint portraits, gardens, the city, the wilderness, the plains, the Rockies, the far north, or anything else in Canada. They bring the country to life for me and they will for you when you see the 400 or so illustrations of their work in this ...more
I love getting lost in this book. It is a fascinating book with wonderful prints. An ideal coffee table book for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Sue Parman
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading about the Canadian artist Andrew Colville, I was eager to pick up this overview of the group of artists who, at the turn of the 20th century, were influential in defining Canada as a “northern nation.” (The book’s northern light, as in Lawren Harris’s “Isolation Peak c. 1930” [p.55] and other mountain peaks [pp. 364-365], left me chilled, as if I'd been sitting in snow.) After they disbanded in the 1930s, myths grew up around them: how they pioneered virgin territories and forged t ...more
Stephen Coates
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not long after the death of artist Tom Thomson in 1917, a group of artists with whom he’d worked met and founded the Group of Seven, a group of artists who primarily painted the Canadian landscape which was then not in vogue and in their own styles instead of attempting to copy the then fashions or Europe. As an aside, Australians may be aware of a group of artists termed the Heidelberg School who did much the same in Australia – there’s a significant parallel between the two groups.

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Lino's Version
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and sometimes visually stunning romp into Canada's artistic and historical past.
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you're an art and nature lover and a fan of the Group of Seven, this is a must read. Although more a coffee table book, it had substantive commentary on the artists.
Eric Orchard
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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An essential collection of vitally important Canadian art.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I wanted a book on the group of seven after seeing some of their work at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. I wanted a book with information on the artists and their paintings and how they came to be with beautiful pictures of their works. This book couldn't be more perfect! 441 glossy pages of beautiful art work and stories.

I thought I would just use it as a reference but I am enjoying just reading it. Unfortunately it is too big to carry around but I wouldn't want the art work to be any smal
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Found this book in the national art gallery of Canada after being thrilled by Lawren Harris' work in the standing exhibit. I can't believe I had to travel to Canada to learn about these Canadian artists. Harris' work rivals that of O'Keefe and the book is a great compendium of the Group of Seven's work. It's almost all plates and very little text, which is what an art book should be. One of the best art books I've ever found
A beautiful book with good information about this group of artists and their work. More importantly, it contains many examples of their art, which I flip through regularly when particularly sad, happy, distressed, joyed, or even neutral - the paintings are worth seeing no matter the mood that I am in.
Laurie Customer
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I see a big difference today, with youth challenging authorial intent. I play big or drop out normally. So, to the youth of today: of "The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson" manual of workmanship, I speak highly for it.
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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New compact edition of a Canadian arts classic - great!!!
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
A fascinating account into Canadian history and self-perception. Well worth a read!
Penny Van Horn
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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absolutely love this book, so inspiring
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book to lose yourself in the world of iconic Canadian art.
Mar 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
It is just a beautiful book with an interesting and informative narrative about the people behind the paintings.
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