In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven

Hardcover | October 8, 2013

byJim Waddington, Sue WaddingtonIntroduction byTom Smart

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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. 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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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, Lawre...

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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...

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 t...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.3 × 9.4 × 1.1 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0864929080

ISBN - 13:9780864929082

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have book Bill and Sue Waddington walked literally "In the Footsteps of Tom Thomson and the Group Of Seven"This book is very well made, the paper is quality and a pleasure to have read it. The Waddingtons traced the footsteps of these men and took pictures of the exact spot of where  several of the artists  actually painted their famous paintings. I have wondered for years what these places would look like and now we can see some of them.They have been doing this work for 35 years. What a thrill it must have  been  for them to have found many of the famous locations. Loved the book, have read it twice already.
Date published: 2013-11-11

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"Fans will drool over the stunning comparions of paintings with photos of the real-life counterparts." — Canadian Living - 20131218