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Like Vision

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

edited by Ian Dejardin & Sarah Milroy

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Canadian, Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Landscapes
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2020
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Winner, Canadian Museums Association’s Outstanding Achievement in Research Award and IPPY Awards Silver Medal — Fine Art Category
A Toronto Star Holiday Gift Guide Selection

A Like Vision is a lavish celebration of the legacy of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Canada’s canonical landscape painters. The Group’s depiction of the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape — from the coastal mountains of British Columbia to the north shore of Lake Superior, the villages of rural Quebec, and the rocky, windswept coves of Newfoundland — charged Canadians to experience their country in a bold new light and changed the face of Canadian art forever. Through their vigorous and expressive painterly style and vibrant colours, the Group of Seven significantly contributed to Canada’s sense of autonomy and identity as a modern state in the aftermath of the First World War.

Featuring three hundred full-colour images, A Like Vision includes a lead essay by Ian A.C. Dejardin, Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and contributions by a host of artists, curators, and writers. Among them are Indigenous art historian and curator Gerald McMaster, filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, novelists David Macfarlane and Jane Urquhart, painters John Hartman and Robert Houle, and Inuk writer Tarralik Duffy.

One hundred years on from the Group’s first exhibition in 1920, A Like Vision is both a chance to review the Group’s legacy and a tribute to these giants of Canadian art and culture.

About the authors

Ian A.C. Dejardin is the Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he graduated with an MA (Hons) in History of Art from Edinburgh University. From 1990 to 1997, he was English Heritage's Curator of Paintings for the London region, having started his career at the Royal Academy of Arts. Appointed Curator at Dulwich in 1997, he became the gallery's Director in 2005. Presiding over a varied and international exhibition program, he has also continued to curate exhibitions himself, most recently Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011).

Ian Dejardin's profile page

Sarah Milroy is a Toronto writer and art critic. She served as editor and publisher of Canadian Art magazine (1991-96) and as art critic of the Globe and Mail (2001-10). Milroy has contributed to publications on the work of Gathie Falk, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Fred Herzog, and is a regular contributor to Canadian Art, Border Crossings and The Walrus.

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  • Winner, Canadian Museums Association’s Outstanding Achievement in Research Award
  • Winner, IPPY Awards Silver Medal — Fine Art Category

Editorial Reviews

"Exceptionally informative as a collective enterprise expertly showcasing the life and art of Tom Thomson."

<i>Midwest Book Review</i>

"This beautifully produced book with full colour reproductions ... looks at the paintings through the eyes of immigrants or Indigenous people. As Milroy writes in her introduction, ‘These are either the least political paintings ever made (just trees, please, we’re Canadian) or the most — in what they leave out.’"

<i>Toronto Star</i>

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