In October, 124 Group of Seven paintings and sketches will go to England to be the stars of a special exhibit called Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.
The art will be shown in London, England. The paintings are very famous in Canada and are mostly outdoor scenes, many of them featuring Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park in Ontario.
The paintings are very important because they helped to start a new trend in Canadian art.
However, the Group of Seven is not well known in other countries.
The artists who started the Group of Seven were Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, F.H. Johnston, Arthur Lismer, H.E.H. MacDonald and F.H. Varley.
Many people think the Canadian painter Tom Thomson is part of the Group of Seven. However, Tom Thomson drowned in a mysterious accident in Algonquin Park before the group was formed. It seems that he received a blow to the head on a canoe trip. Some reports say he drowned and some say there were no signs of drowning. The puzzle was never solved.
When the Group of Seven first started out in 1920, people here didn’t think that pictures of natural outdoor settings – or landscape art – made good art. In their first exhibition, many people rejected their style. But by 1930 it was recognized as an important form of art.
Now this important art will be shown to a new group of people who will have the chance to see Canadian nature depicted by some of our greatest Canadian artists.
The exhibition runs from October 2011 to January 2012 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England.
Learn more about the Group of Seven:
The McMichael Gallery is famous for its collection of paintings by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson.
The CBC Archives has many videos and audio programs about the Group of Seven.
Wikipedia offers an overview.
The article explains: “When the Group of Seven first started out in 1920, people here didn’t think that pictures of natural outdoor settings – or landscape art – made good art. In their first exhibition, many people rejected their style. But by 1930 it was recognized as an important form of art.”
Do you think landscape art is an important type of art?
Do you like landscape art, such as the paintings done by the Group of Seven and Tom Thompson? If so, why do you like it? If you don’t like it, explain why.