Thursday, July 21, 2022


The Group of Seven is the collective name for a group of Canadian artists who exhibited together from 1920-1933. They were influenced by the land and became hugely influential in Canadian society ever since. There were more than seven of them- members came and went. And the founders had a strong friendship with Tom Thomson, who died before they formally became a group, but who was a lasting influence on them. Thomson and the Group are often exhibited together. J.E.H. MacDonald was one of them, and this is March Evening, Northland, dating to 1914. 

At top we have Cacouna, by A.Y. Jackson, another Group member, dating to 1921. Thomson painted Snow Covered Trees in 1916.

Winter Morning is a 1914 painting by Lawren Harris, another member of the Group.

Two more. At top we have In The Woods, an undated painting by Thomson. Below is Study For 'Sumacs', a 1915 painting by Franklin Carmichael, another member of the Group.

A.Y. Jackson, another member of the Group, painted Frozen Lake, Early Spring, Algonquin Park in 1914.

These two are by artists not of the Group, but having a lot in common with them. Clarence Gagnon painted A Laurentian Homestead around 1919.

Waiting is the appropriate title of this undated painting by Kathleen Moir Morris.

Here we have another work by Harris, hung in a large space with several other Group paintings and other items. Afternoon Sun, North Shore, Lake Superior is a 1924 painting.

Here's a look at some of the other contents of this space. An Algonquin artist created the canoe that is given pride of place in the heart of the room. On the opposite wall is a collection of various works by Canadian artists.

And on the wall behind me are works by members of the Group. We'll leave off today with one of them. March Storm, Georgian Bay is a 1920 painting by Jackson.


  1. My favourite is The Woods. I like the lighting in this one.

  2. My favourite is Waiting, with the snowy landscape.

  3. Wonderful winter landscapes. I could use some snow and ice now.

  4. Winter morning is my favorite. Thanks for sharing them.

  5. They are all beautiful paintings. The Afternoon Sun, North Shore is my favorite. Take care, enjoy your day!

  6. ...the winterscapes are refreshing on this HOT day!

  7. I often like Harris’es more stylistic creations.

  8. Love this post, William! Thank you!

  9. @fun60: the Group had a particular knack for the use of light.

    @Italiafinlandia: it's a good one.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Jan: same here.

    @David: indeed.

  10. @Aritha: you're welcome.

    @Eileen: another good one.

    @Tom: definitely.

    @anvilcloud: a couple of those are down the line.

    @Marie: a pleasure to do so.

  11. The paintings displayed in the Ash K. Prakash Gallery were at the AGO for many years.
    Tom Thomson is my favourite Canadian painter.

  12. The landscapes painted are beautiful!

  13. I love these. They are so pretty and remind me of growing up in Michigan, which is kind of Canada... 😃

  14. I love all the different ways the artists depicted the trees.

  15. Afternoon sun is my favorite.

  16. My favourite is Winter Morning. I could look at it for hours.

  17. Beautiful paintings and interesting history about the artists. I often think of landscape painting as preserving the scenery for the future.

  18. Todas son unas buenas pinturas, que se merecen ser conocidas.

  19. @Catarina: he was a gift to the world.

    @Magiceye: that they are.

    @Iris: it's a good one.

    @Sandi: a lot of the same terrain.

    @Sharon: me too.

  20. @Bill: it stands out.

    @RedPat: for good reason.

    @Pat: good point.

    @Jennifer: indeed.

    @Ventana: thanks.

  21. I love their paintings. They are a delight to see.

  22. - I read back to the post that told how New World painters had to learn from the "masters" in Europe; those paintings were lovely, but the ones by the Group of Seven (and onwards) certainly represent the scenery we here in New World know and love to this day. The Mountains and just the sheer amount of space you have. Wonderful scenic paintings. I hope future generations get to enjoy these paintings and the real country they represent.

  23. Always enjoy the work of The seven ~ lovely photos ~

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  24. Beautifully captured as always William :) Wonderful paintings! I would also be very drawn to the Algonquin artist's canoe and would want to study every detail.

  25. I like Waiting. The old horse, blanketed. The little boy on his sled.

  26. September gale is my favorite in this group.

  27. What lovely paintings these are ...

    All the best Jan

  28. I eagerly await your museum visits when you share photos of the Group of Seven's paintings. I don't know why they all move me so much, but I do -- I appreciate the energy of them, the nature, the technique -- everything. Thanks for this!

  29. @Maywyn: they are indeed.

    @Sallie: I agree.

    @Carol: they were great artists.

    @Revrunner: definitely.

    @Denise: thank you.

  30. @Gemel: indeed.

    @Joanne: me too.

    @Sharon: it's good.

    @Jan: indeed.

    @Jeanie: they're part of my country's soul.