A large photograph is placed here in the Ottawa Art Gallery. This is a view of the Firestone home in Ottawa, now long gone, but home to the Firestones, a couple with a love of Canadian art, particularly the Group of Seven. Their collection is the heart of the OAG collection. donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation and transferred to the OAG for custody and display.
You might have noticed the staircase in the photograph. It was taken from the house prior to demolishing, and is now here, a work of art in its own right, leading down to the next floor.
2020 marked the centennial of the Group of Seven first exhibiting together. This group of artists was inspired by the Canadian landscape and it influenced their work for years. They formally exhibited as a group for several years, the membership changing here and there, but always seven. The Firestones made a point of collecting works from the Group. The OAG put together a retrospective of the Group and their contemporaries for the centennial, and with a couple of lockdowns because of Covid, had extended the retrospective.
This is Mount Thule, Bylot Island, by Lawren Harris.
For today I'll close out with a set of small paintings by AJ Casson, another member of the Group, ranging from across decades of his life as an artist.