The Group Of Seven And Tom Thomson

by David Silcox

Firefly Books | August 14, 2006 | Hardcover

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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 when first exhibited.

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson includes many never -- before reproduced paintings and presents the most complete and extensive collection of these artists'' works ever published. The 400 paintings and drawings reveal the remarkable genius of all 10 painters who at some point were part of the movement. Tom Thomson, who died before the Group was established, was always present in the public mind. Included are works by:

  • Frank Carmichael
  • Frank Johnston
  • A.J. Casson
  • Arthur Lismer
  • Le Moine FitzGerald
  • J.E.H. MacDonald
  • Lawren Harris
  • Tom Thomson
  • Edwin Holgate
  • F.H. Varley
  • A.Y. Jackson

The artwork is organized by the various regions of Canada, with additional sections on the war years and still-life paintings. Introductory essays provide a context for a greater understanding and appreciation of Canada''s most celebrated artists.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 444 pages, 10.25 × 8.75 × 1.62 in

Published: August 14, 2006

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554071542

ISBN - 13: 9781554071548

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The Group Of Seven And Tom Thomson

by David Silcox

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 444 pages, 10.25 × 8.75 × 1.62 in

Published: August 14, 2006

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554071542

ISBN - 13: 9781554071548

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Excerpted from the Introduction The Group of Seven was formed one evening in March 1920, at Lawren Harris''s elegant mansion, 63 Queen''s Park (now Queen''s Park Crescent), Toronto, where St Michael''s College, University of Toronto, stands today, and next door, but one, to his friend (and co-heir to the Massey-Harris Company) Vincent Massey, then Dean of Residence at Victoria College and already a significant arts patron. The artists present were Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, F.H. Varley, Frank Carmichael, and Frank Johnston. A.Y. Jackson was away painting in Georgian Bay, but was considered to be present by proxy. The Memorial Exhibition of Paintings by Tom Thomson at the Art Gallery of Toronto had just closed. No one knows why these seven men were chosen (originally it was going to be nine) from among artists who shared their ambitions and beliefs. Someone decided whom to invite to that historic meeting, and probably Harris, or Harris after conferring with MacDonald, was responsible. Three of the seven were English (if one includes MacDonald, who spent his boyhood there), three were from Ontario, and one was from Montreal. Lawren Stewart Harris (1885-1970) was an heir to his family''s farm implement-manufacturing company, Massey-Harris. He was born in Brantford, Ontario, and moved to Toronto at the age of nine, when his father died. After attending the University of Toronto briefly, he went to study art in Berlin. He had already painted extensively around Toront
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction

Icons: Images of Canada
Gardens, Still Lifes, and Portraits
The First World War
Cities, Towns, and Villages
The East Coast
The St Lawrence River and Quebec
Algonquin Park and Georgian Bay
Algoma and Lake Superior
The Prairies, Rockies, and West Coast
The Canadian Arctic

Chronology
Selected Bibliography
List of Works Reproduced
Gallery Index
General Index

From the Publisher

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 when first exhibited.

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson includes many never -- before reproduced paintings and presents the most complete and extensive collection of these artists'' works ever published. The 400 paintings and drawings reveal the remarkable genius of all 10 painters who at some point were part of the movement. Tom Thomson, who died before the Group was established, was always present in the public mind. Included are works by:

  • Frank Carmichael
  • Frank Johnston
  • A.J. Casson
  • Arthur Lismer
  • Le Moine FitzGerald
  • J.E.H. MacDonald
  • Lawren Harris
  • Tom Thomson
  • Edwin Holgate
  • F.H. Varley
  • A.Y. Jackson

The artwork is organized by the various regions of Canada, with additional sections on the war years and still-life paintings. Introductory essays provide a context for a greater understanding and appreciation of Canada''s most celebrated artists.

About the Author

David P. Silcox, managing director of Sotheby''s Canada, is an art historian, a cultural administrator and a senior fellow at Massey College. He is also widely recognized for his writings on the artists David Milne, Christopher Pratt and Jack Bush.

David P. Silcox

From the Author

In Canada, everyone grew up with and loved reproductions of paintings by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. These painters (all eleven of them!) defined the way Canadians saw their country. The Group was formed in 1920 and exhibited together only eight times from 1920 to 1931 before they disbanded in 1933. One member dropped out right after the first exhibition; another was added in 1926, another in 1929, and yet another in 1932, but the name, with delightful illogic, remained unchanged. ''The Group had no formal organization,'' A.Y. Jackson wrote later, ''and since we had no money we had no need of a treasurer.'' They never painted together as a group, and indeed on only two occasions did even four of them paint together. Their main focal points in Toronto were their studios and the Arts and Letters Club, where they regularly had lunch together. You would think that such an important art movement, which determined the course of Canadian painting for decades, would have many publications to honour and display their work. But, until now, there has not been a single volume in which a generous selection of work by each member could be seen. Out of 369 colour plates, nearly a third are reproduced here for the first time. They show the wide range of subjects that attracted the Group: landscapes from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Arctic oceans, cities, towns, villages, and farms, people, flowers, and the turmoil of the First World War. This is as large a compendium of these magn
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Editorial Reviews

The quality of the color plates and of all other aspects of production is excellent... a valuable addition to any art lover''s library.
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