Quite simply, the finest collection of the works of the Group of Seven ever published.
At a critical time in Canada's history, the Group of Seven revolutionized the nation's appreciation of art by celebrating the country as a wild and eminently beautiful land. Their paintings of the wilderness are unmistakable and evoke the same response in viewers today as they did when first exhibited 80 years ago.
The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, which includes many never-before-reproduced paintings, presents the most complete and extensive collection of their works ever published. Containing 400 paintings and drawings, it reveals the talent and genius of all eleven painters who, at one time or another, were part of the movement:
The artwork is organized by the various regions of Canada and also includes sections on the war years and still life which demonstrate the versatility of the artists. Introductory essays explain the works and provide a context for greater understanding and appreciation.
David P. Silcox, Managing Director of Sotheby's Canada, is an art historian, a cultural administrator and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. He is recognized for his work on the painters David Milne, Christopher Pratt and Jack Bush.
Good looking book... a carefully researched history... some of these paintings can knock you out with their sheer beauty and power... the works collected in this well-produced book, with their beauty and variety and stubborn flaws, are a crucial part of our visual heritage.
This is a remarkable book -- not just for its scholarship, which is of high quality, but for the sheer expanse of it all... an overview unique in this subject area.
A beautiful informative book... This one is a keeper and it deserves pride of place on the reference shelf.
Silcox is one of the few Canadian art specialists to achieve that balance between visual description and real in depth understanding of the history he is addressing.
Included in Pictures and Music: A Top 10 List: "the ten most warmly reviewed books about the arts" in 2003.
[Silcox's] aim -- fully achieved -- is to cultivate "an appreciation of the role artists have in creating our identity."
This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Canadian culture and history.
These pictures are meant to be studied and analyzed, closely, carefully and attentively. They are meant to be reflected upon, even meditated upon... It's a visual narrative of the history and development of an extraordinary group of painters whose works have become national icons.
David Silcox has a wit like dry champagne and doesn't resort to art-magazine jargon... an easy elegance that masks a highly developed talent for synthesis... the prose floats on a breeze, the historical facts enlivened by judicious quotes and colorful details.
[Silcox's] substantial and opulent new study clocks in at 448 pages, with 369 full color reproductions... he is also a tough-minded revisionist prepared to ask hard questions.
All of this is evidence that the book can rightfully be described, as the publishers contend, the most comprehensive and extensive collection of the Group's work... The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson exposes the art of these great artists in a new and refreshing way, and will definitely prove of be an invaluable companion for students of art history, as well as art lovers and gallery goers.
350 color plates... one third... you've never seen before: portraits, domestic scenes, garden scenes, and the prerequisite wilderness scenes, except with people in them.
The quality of the reproductions is superb... Could there be a more beautiful collection of Group of Seven works around currently? Not likely.
Silcox [is] a wonderfully lucid stylist... this definitive volume presents 400 supreme color reproductions... covering the entire spectrum of the proficient and prolific group's magnificent output... every painting is vibrantly, radiantly, and gloriously alive: a veritable hymn to life.
This really big book is a pleasure of paint, brilliance and new work... exhaustive. Beautiful.
A hefty, 448-page blockbuster of pure Canadiana.
This is an important addition to the literature and an exciting opportunity for readers to discover the artists, indeed, the entire country for themselves. Highly recommended for all art libraries and academic collections.
Timely and beautiful... a thorough retrospective and comprehensive bibliography... Summing Up: Highly recommended.
The abundance of images, lovingly reproduced, is this book's great strength. Produced entirely in Canada, using a distinctively Canadian typeface and printed on 100-lb archival paper, the book's many images are so marvelously presented that it is possible to see on the wooden panels and canvases the Group's spontaneous talent at work and to trace their fluid brushwork and painterly gestures.
A visual feast... the paint quality leaps off the page.
Good and compelling... beautiful and masterful... quality of reproductions is excellent and there are dozens of paintings shown here that have never been seen before by the reading public... this mighty tome, which has the best and most numerous reproductions of Thomson and Group paintings yet published,... has reminded us that these artists created unique, vibrant talismans to our good fortune at being able to spin out our lives in this extraordinary land.
Handsomely produced, the book's large format and excellent reproductions do justice to this most creatively innovative group of artists. A great addition to anyone's library.
I commend Silcox for his discriminating taste. This is a volume of gorgeous paintings.
All in all, the book is a pleasure to look at and a useful addition to the literature on a vital period in the development of Canadian culture.
The quality of the color plates and of all other aspects of production is excellent... a valuable addition to any art lover's library.
Already on bestseller lists, includes many works from private collections that have never before been reproduced.
A Globe 100 Book 2003: Carefully researched... a crucial part of our visual heritage.
David Silcox... and Firefly Books have served enthusiasts of the Seven's movement well.
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