In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

by Jim Waddington, Sue Waddington
Introduction by Tom Smart

Goose Lane Editions & New Brunswick Military Heritage Project | October 8, 2013 | Hardcover |

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In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began a thirty-six 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. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley, the Waddingtons embarked on an artistic expedition that carried them across Canada from sea to sea to sea. Their search for the secret of the innovative spirit has resulted in this delightfully diverse production that brings the reader to the very spots where some of Canada's greatest art was conceived.

Richly illustrated with reproductions of the original artwork by the Group of Seven and augmented with expressive text and absorbing photographs of the actual locations where these legendary paintings were created, the Waddingtons have created a journal of enduring images that document the lush landscapes, rugged countryside, and wondrous waters that help define us as Canadians. In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven explores and details the Waddingtons' adventures, inviting us to travel with them into the wild, woods, and rivers and come face to face with the allusive muses that enlightened and enriched this renowned group of artists.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 8.66 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions & New Brunswick Military Heritage Project

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0864929080

ISBN - 13: 9780864929082

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In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

by Jim Waddington, Sue Waddington
Introduction by Tom Smart

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 8.66 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions & New Brunswick Military Heritage Project

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0864929080

ISBN - 13: 9780864929082

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In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began a thirty-six 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. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley, the Waddingtons embarked on an artistic expedition that carried them across Canada from sea to sea to sea. Their search for the secret of the innovative spirit has resulted in this delightfully diverse production that brings the reader to the very spots where some of Canada's greatest art was conceived.

Richly illustrated with reproductions of the original artwork by the Group of Seven and augmented with expressive text and absorbing photographs of the actual locations where these legendary paintings were created, the Waddingtons have created a journal of enduring images that document the lush landscapes, rugged countryside, and wondrous waters that help define us as Canadians. In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven explores and details the Waddingtons' adventures, inviting us to travel with them into the wild, woods, and rivers and come face to face with the allusive muses that enlightened and enriched this renowned group of artists.

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Nearly a century ago, a group of artists travelled into the bush beyond Canada's towns and villages to capture a raw, terrible beauty. Armed with sketchbooks, brushes, and paints, they set off into the heart of the wilderness to reinterpret the landscape in a modern way.

In July of 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington began their own voyage of discovery. 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. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley, the Waddingtons embarked on a 36-year expedition that saw them trek from one end of the country to the other and back again. The result is In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven, an ambitious book that stretches from the northern reaches of Ontario to Beechey Island in the Arctic, from Nova Scotia to the Alaska Highway. Travelling into thick forests, across bleak tundra, and along ancient canoe routes to visit the sites where some of Canada's defining paintings were conceived, the Waddingtons bring us face to face with the landscapes that enlightened and enriched this renowned group of artists.

Featuring more than 175 photographs, archival images, and reproductions of the original works of art, In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven - part travel guide, part itinerant art exhibition, part memoir - is a stunning tribute to the artistic muse.

About the Author

While on a canoe trip in 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington located the place that was the inspiration for one of A.Y. Jackson's paintings. This marked the beginning of their quest to find more of the special places chosen by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Their search began in Killarney Provincial Park, but they followed the painters throughout Ontario, to the east and west coasts of Canada, to the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and, most recently, to Nunavut. They have learned about the painters' habits and their techniques. Sue is an artist — a traditional rug hooker. Her rug-hooking designs have won awards in the Burlington Art Centre and from the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. Jim is the photographer with no awards but plenty of rewards. They enjoy canoeing, camping, hiking, and the sport of orienteering. Although they have found some painting sites in cities and towns, they particularly enjoy the search for those sites that may be reached only by canoe or by foot. While on a canoe trip in 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington located the place that was the inspiration for one of A.Y. Jackson's paintings. This marked the beginning of their quest to find more of the special places chosen by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Their search began in Killarney Provincial Park, but they followed the painters throughout Ontario, to the east and west coasts of Canada, to the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and, most recently, to Nunavut. They have learned about the pai
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"Fans will drool over the stunning comparions of paintings with photos of the real-life counterparts." - Canadian Living
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