Tom Thomson developed an artistic language that captured the unique qualities of the Canadian landscape - dazzling in color and in tune with the subtle changing of the seasons. After his untimely death, Thomson's friends organized 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 visualize 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.
Ian Dejardin has spent 25 years working in museums, spending a year with English Heritage before starting as curatorial assistant at the Royal Academy in 1987. From 1990-98 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, acting as co-curator for Henry Moore at Dulwich in 2004. Anna Hudson is Associate Professor, York University, Toronto.
Katerina Atanassova is Chief Curator, McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Nils Ohlsen is Director of Old Master and Modern Art, National Museum, Norway.
Mariëtta Jansen is Curator, Groninger Museum, Netherlands.
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