Saturday, July 23, 2022

A Storm

We begin today with The Red Maple by A.Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven, painted in 1914.

Nearby is a sculpture by an artist not of the Group, but whose sensibilities fit in with their yearning to capture how a place feels in addition to how it appears. Walter Allward created The Storm around 1920; years later his masterpiece would be the Vimy Memorial.

The Hilltop is a 1921 painting by Franklin Carmichael of the Group.

I took some time to photograph some of the collection of paintings on the opposite wall of this large space. At present it's just a scan code available to identify these, and I didn't scan it.

This one, however, I know. Mortgaging The Homestead is an 1890 painting by George A. Reid.

This one particularly enchants.

Another look at that canoe, with some of the works of the Group of Seven beyond it.

Slipping into an adjoining space, I noted this. For King And Country is a 2015 piece by Barry Ace, a commentary on both the bravery of his indigenous father to serve in combat, as well as the refusal of his rights afterwards.


  1. The Red Maple appeals to me the most.

  2. Lovely paintings and sculpture.

  3. I have a plant with leaves that look like the maple leaves. Beautiful paintings.

  4. Outside in a golden dress, strange idea.
    For King and Country. I have no words.

  5. For King and country ? the poor guy !

  6. What a modern-looking composition "The Red Maple" is - just the kind of scene that would appeal to a landscape photographer of today.

  7. A.Y. Jackson's "Red Maple" should stir the heart of every Canadian.

  8. ..."The Red Maple" and the young girl are my favorites.

  9. Another great post. Thank you, William!

  10. The red maple painting is a fave.

  11. @Gemel: it's an iconic painting.

    @magiceye: thank you.

    @Nancy : they are.

    @Iris: a deep contrast.

    @italiafinlandia: it is.

    @Gattina: definitely.

    @John: that's true.

    @David : I agree.

    @Tom: good ones.

    @Marie: you're welcome.

    @Anvilcloud: I can relate.

  12. Wonderful choise again, William.
    That sculpture of Walter Allward is very interesting.

  13. Hello,
    I love the landscape paintings. The canoe is cool. Great exhibits. Have a happy weekend.

  14. The red maple painting by one of The Seven is awesome ~ portraits lovely and sculpture too ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~ Xo

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Very beautiful post !!!
    Thank you !!!

  16. Love that Red Maple painting.

  17. The most powerful of your photos for me was about Barry Ace, poignant. My favorite painting was your first one, the Red Maple. All are very interesting, thanks William!

  18. I like that top painting, I'd hang it in my house

  19. And the last, the canoe and picture of his wronged father, is so sad. So like us.

  20. I love the Red Maple painting and the portraits are quite beautiful. The canoe is striking.

  21. I like the interior painting of the homestead.

  22. @Jan: very much so.

    @Jennifer: thank you.

    @Eileen: I agree.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Maywyn: it is.

    @Carol: thanks.

    @Mystelios: you're welcome.

  23. @Bill: thank you.

    @RedPat: me too.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Amy: it's good to have.

    @Joanne: that's true.

    @Jeanie: thank you.

    @Rosie: me too.