Painting Canada

Introducing Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.

Painting CanadaIn October our fine art imprint, Philip Wilson, published Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, which accompanied the Painting Canada exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The exhibition centred around Canadian artist Tom Thomson, who in the early twentieth century developed an artistic language that captured the unique qualities of the Canadian landscape – a landscape previously considered too wild and untamed to inspire ‘true’ art – 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) which comprised of: Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson.

Below is an assortment of paintings that were on show in the exhibition, and are featured in the book.

Click a thumbnail to begin the slideshow.

Painting Canada

In addition to over 120 colour reproductions of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven’s work, Painting Canada includes essays by Anna Hudson, Katerina Atanassova, Nils Ohlsen and Marietta Jansen that offer a fresh, European perspective on these Canadian artists and how their work links and communicates to Scandinavian and European expressionism. The book also features Wyndham Lewis’ essay ‘Canadian Nature and its Painters’, which first appeared in The Listener, 1946.


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