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Meet the Group of Seven
2019
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In the early twentieth century, a group of Toronto artists became friends. They shared a love of traveling and exploring Canada's landscape. Their paintings were very different from the art of the time, capturing not just how the landscape looked, but how it made the artists feel as well. In 1920, they exhibited their work together for the first time, calling themselves the Group of Seven. While some people were excited by their use of bright colors and rough brushstrokes, others were horrified by their strange styles. It took years for appreciation of their work to grow. But today, the Group of Seven are some of Canada's best-loved artists.



Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven's first exhibition, here's a reissue of a must-have reference, produced in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario. Filled with illustrations, photographs and stunning reproductions of more than forty masterpieces, the book describes how the group formed, how and where they painted, their influence on Canadian art and more. It offers a perfect introduction to critical thinking about visual arts and biographies of artists. It's also an excellent social studies resource on Canadian heritage and history.



Original Group of Seven artists: Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald and Frederick H. Varley.
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The Group of Seven was a collective of Canadian artists during the early twentieth century. Best known for painting their country's varied landscapes, they were more intent on capturing form and movement than on reproducing detailed likenesses. Influenced by their older contemporary, Tom Thomson, they traveled to wilderness areas for sketching and sometimes for painting as well. The Group of Seven exhibited their works together from 1920 through 1931. Though initial critical responses to their nontraditional paintings were mixed, later they were were broadly acclaimed. In this updated paperback edition of a book first published in Canada in 1999, readers will find an informative and very readable introduction to the individual artists, the landscapes they painted, their contemporaries, and later generations of Canadian landscape artists. One interesting double-page spread features anecdotes from two art collectors who knew most members of the Group of Seven. The book's large format offers space for information and quotes as well as captioned paintings and photos relevant to the text. A concise, colorful introduction to the Group of Seven.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist
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