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The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

At a critical time in Canada's history, the Group of Seven revolutionized the country's appreciation of itself by celebrating Canada as a wild and beautiful land. These paintings of the wilderness evoke the same response in viewers today as they did when first exhibited. Now in paperback, The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson is even more affordable than the celebrated original hardback edition. This award-winning bestseller includes many never-before reproduced paintings and presents the most complete and extensive collection of these artists' works ever published. The 400 paintings and drawings reveal the remarkable genius of all 10 painters who, at some point, were part of the movement. Tom Thomson, who died before the Group was established, was always present in the public mind. Included are works by: Frank Carmichael; Frank Johnston; A.J. Casson; Arthur Lismer; Le Moine FitzGerald; A.Y. Jackson; J.E.H. MacDonald; Lawren Harris; Tom Thomson; Edwin Holgate; F.H. Varley. The artwork is organized by the various regions of Canada, with additional sections on the war years and still-life paintings. Introductory essays provide a context for a greater understanding and appreciation of Canada's most celebrated artists.
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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 also widely recognized for his writings on the artists David Milne, Christopher Pratt and Jack Bush.


The best introduction to the Group available. With elegant ease, Silcox expertly recounts the Group's travels and artistic concerns, relating them to the times with a refined talent for synthesis. The 369 reproductions look even crisper than those in the original edition.--Victor Swoboda"Montreal Gazette" (12/02/2006) This is a gorgeous book that deserves a place on any art lover's bookshelf.--Bill Robertson"Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (12/17/2011) A splendid volume.--Jon Fear"Waterloo Record" (12/09/2011) Includes many rarely seen paintings as well as the signature paintings that dazzle our imagination... The paintings are set on a white matte paper that allows the richness of the color and texture of the brushstroke to come through... The historical information is concisely written, offering insight into the men who led the movement of Canadian art into new, daring, interpretive and abstract directions. This beautiful book will be appreciated whenever it is opened. It's a gift, in more ways than can be expressed.--Harriet Zaidman"Winnipeg Free Press" (12/03/2006)

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