The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson by David SilcoxThe Group of Seven and Tom Thomson by David Silcox

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

byDavid Silcox

Paperback | November 6, 2011

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"Silcox [is] a wonderfully lucid stylist . . . this definitive volume presents 400 supreme color reproductions . . . covering the entire spectrum of the proficient and prolific group's magnificent output . . . every painting is vibrantly, radiantly, and gloriously alive: a veritable hymn to life."
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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.

Now in paperback, The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson is even more affordable than the celebrated original hardcover edition. This award-winning bestseller 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.

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
Title:The Group of Seven and Tom ThomsonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:444 pages, 10.25 × 8.75 × 1.5 inPublished:November 6, 2011Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554078857

ISBN - 13:9781554078851


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Book The images have beautiful deep colours and the book is of good quality
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vibrant paintings! This is a great coffee table book or gift for someone. Wonderful paintings
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful book nice art book - great quality paper and commentary
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice Nice story and paintings but missing parts of what really happened to the group
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Emily Carr? You can't have a real study of the Group of Seven, include Tom Thomson, and ignore the influence of Emily Carr. While Tom Thomson died prior to the group's official formation, Emily Carr was with them through the whole experience. If she were not a woman, perhaps she'd been part of the group officially. Yet reading another book on the Group of Seven that does not include her, especially in the year 2017, is disheartening at best.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Group of Seven and Tom Thomson Love the works of these Canadian artists. Lawren Harris' paintings have the Van Gogh quality to them. This book has many beautiful illustrations from the artists known as the Group of Seven.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Put Together! This book really shows the vibrant colours and details of the paintings. A really nice book to display as the cover is also beautiful.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning A stunning book of beautiful work
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most beautiful coffee table book The Group of Seven are very close to my heart. This book is perfect. Stunning pictures. Great information. I could lose myself in it for hours.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect collection What a great collection of the wonderful works of the Group of Seven.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Book Well if you cannot afford an original painting this is a good second plan.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book Bought the hard cover version when I had a $10 off coupon and it is wonderful. Great writing, great colour, and great quality photos. A must have for any Group of Seven fan!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reference book and wonderfully written! I am very impressed with this book and it's material featured. A really good guide to all the paintings you know and love! A heavy, well-made paperback book and not expensive for what it is!! One can see the textures and brushstrokes on these photos of the paintings. How wonderful!!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gtreat art Apprxciation Book-Not gab opn a cooffee table too! This a is a very inexpensive intro to the Group of Seven and Tom Thompson. Very good reproduction and colour integrity. Silcox knows his p's and q's and really explains the various phases of the group. Be sure to look for a follow up on the detective adventures of seeking the locale of all these great works.Good value. John L
Date published: 2015-01-26

Editorial Reviews

Includes many rarely seen paintings as well as the signature paintings that dazzle our imagination... The paintings are set on a white matte paper that allows the richness of the color and texture of the brushstroke to come through... The historical information is concisely written, offering insight into the men who led the movement of Canadian art into new, daring, interpretive and abstract directions. This beautiful book will be appreciated whenever it is opened. It's a gift, in more ways than can be expressed.