1920 Group of Seven Hold Their First Exhibition

  • Untitled (Barren Lands)

    The Group of Seven

    Early in the twentieth century, several artists who were committed to exploring the unique character of the Canadian landscape came together to form a working group. They were Tom Thomson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston and Franklin Carmichael. It was while working at the Toronto firm Grip Ltd. that these men first met and discovered their common artistic interests. Unfortunately for the group, and for the Canadian art world, Tom Thomson died tragically in 1917 and never saw the inaugural Group of Seven exhibition.

    A.Y. Jackson

    Oil on canvas

    2012.X.233

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    Hilly landscape with rocks, small blue pond in background, large rust coloured rock at right