Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Nickel Belt

 Here we have In The Nickel Belt, by Franklin Carmichael, another member of the Group of Seven.

The accompanying panels note that it was one of several paintings by the Group given a commemorative series of stamps in 2020 by the Canadian government.

I didn't photograph the accompanying panel for these two, but the signature appears to be Jackson, and given their similarity, the first would be a sketch done in the field and the second would be the finished painting done in the studio. This was a common technique for members of the Group.

Two paintings by Group members are here. At top is Shores Of Lake O'Hara by J.E.H. Macdonald. Below it is Prairie Homestead by L.L. Fitzgerald.

This is Parry Sound by A.J. Casson.

Here we have Algoma Country by Lawren Harris.

And finally here we have Algoma Landscape by Franz Johnston, another member of the Group.

Throughout my visit into this gallery space, classical music by Chopin was playing. A panel near the entrance explained its significance.

One more view of that staircase. We'll wrap up this visit tomorrow.


  1. Another talented artist and beautiful painting.

  2. Hello,

    Lovely exhibit, the last two paintings are my favorites. Take care, enjoy your day!

  3. It's nice to walk through a painting gallery !

  4. It used to be that you had to die before you could be featured on a stamp - today you can put yourself on if you wish!

  5. Wonderful shots of some great paintings again.

  6. Love these works! That Johnston looks like a photo.

  7. ...including art on stamps is great!

  8. @Nancy: thank you.

    @Eileen: thanks!

    @Gattina: it is.

    @David: that is true.

    @Jan: I enjoyed the visit.

    @Marie: true, but in person you can see the paintstrokes.

    @Tom: it is indeed.

    @Anvilcloud: I thought so.

  9. That´s a great idea with the classical music!

  10. The moment the pandemic is over, I will be visiting the McMichael Gallery (in Kleinburg) and the AGO… their vast collection by the Group of Seven is extraordinary. My favourite is Tom Thomson. He was not a member of the Group of Seven, but had a huge impact on the formation of the Group.

  11. Wonderful artwork ~ thanks, Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. @Iris: it was fitting.

    @Magiceye: definitely.

    @Catarina: he was a gift.

    @Carol: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: they are.

    @Laurie: Algoma is magical.

  13. There is so much to like about Group of Seven paintings.

  14. I would lose myself for hours looking at all that art. Enjoyed always, thanks William!

  15. I like your header image, William !
    I had never heard of Group of Seven, beautiful paintings!

  16. The Nickel Belt is a great painting.

  17. Beautiful paintings, I love the Algoma Landscape.

  18. @Red: there is.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Karl: they were wonderful artists.

    @Sharon: I think so.

    @Bill: I do too.

  19. Arthur Rubenstein! What a marvelous pianist.

  20. Wonderful painters, wonderful paintings. Thank you.

  21. The Algoma Landscape, feels like home. Neat photos

  22. Art and Chopin, what a wonderful combination William ✨

  23. I like the idea of the music playing as you walk around:)

  24. The music seems fitting to viewing such pieces of art.

  25. Thank you for more lovely paintings :)

    All the best Jan

  26. Love the Algoma paintings here especially. The Algoma Landscape reminds me of when I took the Snow Train up from the Sault one winter. And Parry Sound is really striking.

    1. I'd love to get back to that part of the country.