The Group of Seven

Date: Sun, 15 Mar 1998 19:02:40 EST
From: Pondfolk
Subject: illustration: O Canada. . .

I've been meaning to write especially to our Canadian list buddies to mention a fabulous book I've had for about a year, and which I keep going back to. It's called "The Group of Seven", (put out by the Nat. Gallery of Canada.) Perhaps you are very familiar with the work of these artists. I am blown away by this book! Time era, beginning in the 1920's, artists: Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, Frank Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson, F.H. Farley and others. Any illustrator would surely appreciate their work. There is a certain graphic quality, a mood of the environment. (Lots of landscapes) If I said Hopper, O'Keefe, N.C. Wyeth, T.H. Benton and M. Dixon, one might get a remote feeling for the nature of their work, but the work is just so original it needs to be seen for itself. Anyway, just wanted to mention this to everyone to put on your "check this out" book list. I refer to it all the time! (It also makes me want to go to Canada this summer!)

in appreciation
karen :)

OOOH, you got to come to Toronto then! I discovered the Seven after moving to Western NY and visiting the museums in Toronto. Just recently heard about another on 100 acres that's the largest collection of them and the grounds are now an arboreteum.

Here's their URL:

Also Art Gallery of Ontario:

Tom Thomsom Memorial Art Gallery:

The Group of Seven is a cultural institution here in Canada so every major gallery in Canada has a wing devoted to them. That means that here in Canada you can never get enough of their work because it's just all over the place.

Anyone interested might want to check out the site below for the McMichael Canadian Collection which houses (I think) the largest Group of Seven Collection.

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 22:13:30 -0800
From: Cindy Couling
Subject: Re: illustration: Group of Seven (Tom Thomson Tee)

Speaking of Tom Thomson, my hometown of Owen Sound, Ontario (where most of my family still lives), hosts one of the largest collections of his work. They have a wesite located at: There is some great info about Tom, as well as the Group of 7.

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