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Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven
Ian A. C. Dejardin

Contributions by: Anna Hudson, Katerina Atanassova, MA, Nils Ohlsen, Marietta Jansen

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Tom Thomson developed an artistic language that captured the unique qualities of the Canadian landscape - dazzling in colour and in tune with the subtle changing of the seasons. After his untimely death, Thomson's friends organised a memorial exhibition, and followed this up by forming probably the most famous artistic force in Canadian art history: the Group of Seven. Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A. Y. Jackson created - along with Thomson - a landscape style that to this day influences the way Canadians visualise their own country. Highly revered in Canada, these great artists are virtually unknown outside. This spectacularly illustrated book, arranged according to the geographical areas depicted, with scholarly essays investigating different aspects of the painters' craft, aims to redress that imbalance.

Table of Contents


Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven | Ian A.C. Dejardin

Landscape Atomysticism: A Revelation of Tom Thomson | Anna Hudson

Defining the North Searching for a Visual Language | Katerina Atanassova

‘This is what we want to do with Canada’: Reflections of Scandinavian Landscape Painting in the Work of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven | Nils Ohlsen

Terra Incognita The Group of Seven and the European Expressionist Landscape Tradition | Mariëtta Jansen

Canadian Nature and its Painters | Wyndham Lewis


Tom Thomson | Algonquin | Georgian Bay | Southern Ontario and Algoma | Quebec | The Canadian Rockies and British Columbia | Lawren Harris: Lake Superior, North Shore, Rockies and the Arctic

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Author Info

Ian Dejardin has spent twenty-five years working in museums, spending a year with English Heritage before starting as curatorial assistant at the Royal Academy in 1987. Between 1990 and 1998 he was back with English Heritage, as Senior Curator and Head of the Historic Team (London Region) before accepting the post of Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery. He became the Gallery’s Director in April, 2005. He has organized countless exhibitions over the years.

Katerina Atanassova is Chief Curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has written various publications including the award winning publication and exhibition entitled F.H.Varley: Portraits into the Light.

Anna Hudson is Associate Professor of Canadian Art History at York University, Toronto. She has curated numerous exhibitions including The Nude in Modern Canadian art, 1920–1950, which received the 2011 Canadian Museums Association Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research.

Nils Ohlsen is Director of Old Masters and Modern Art at the National Museum of Norway. He has curated exhibitions and published books on historic and contemporary art, including Garten Eden, The Garden in Art since 1900 (2007) and Realism, The Adventure of Reality (2010).

Mariëtta Jansen is Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands. She is a specialist on Northern European Expressionism and has written several publications on contemporary Dutch art and the De Ploeg artists.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9780856676864
Publication Date: 31 May 2012
Number of Pages: 216
Height: 280
Width: 240
Illustrations: 195 colour illustrations

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