The Pointers, 1916-1917
Oil on canvas, 101 x 114.6
Hart House Permanent Collection, University of Toronto
Winter, Quebec, 1926
Oil on canvas, 53.8 x 66.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Courtesy of the Estate of the late Dr. Naomi Jackson Groves
Photo © NGC
From 30 June to 30 September 2012
Source: Groninger Museum
The landscape paintings by these artists are considered among Canada’s most important cultural treasures, yet one that has never before been seen in the Netherlands. The Groninger Museum is thrilled that it has been able to find sponsors to present this exhibition.
A few years prior to the Group of Seven’s genesis in 1920, Canada witnessed the flourishing of a style of painting that focused particularly on the undeveloped and natural beauty of the country. The colourful canvases of endless forests, rolling hills and lakes can be admired express the artists’ sublime natural experiences and combined with national pride, that at the same time recall other landscape-painting traditions.
One of the catalysts for the establishment of the Group of Seven was the premature death of Tom Thomson (1877-1917). As source of inspiration for the group, he is mentioned in the same breath as the original members, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, F. H. Varley and Franklin Carmichael.
The exhibition "Painting Canada - Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven" is currently on tour through Europe. London hosted the première. Recently, the exhibition was on display in Oslo and now these iconic works have arrived in Groningen. The Groninger Museum exhibits more than 120 masterpieces by this exceptional artists’ group; these works are on loan from major museums in Canada.