Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Canadian Creativity

 We start today with Canal in Venice, an 1896 painting by Maurice Cullen.

More works by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, but done with European settings.

Frood Lake At Willisville is the title of this 1963 painting by A.J. Casson.

Four paintings by members of the Group of Seven. At left are Clouds On The Prairies by L.L. Fitzgerald and Lake Simcoe by J.E.H. Macdonald. At right are Looking Towards Seymour From Lynn Valley, BC by F.H. Varley and April Morning, Labine Point, Great Bear Lake, NWT by Franz Johnston.

These paintings are from some of the contemporaries of the Group, some of whom exhibited with them from time to time- artists like Emily Carr, Yvonne McKague Housser, and George Pepper.

A.Y Jackson had a personal friendship with the Firestone family. Along with paintings seen here is one of his field art kits and a pair of his snow shoes.

Fitzroy Harbour is the big painting, and at right is Near Perth and Waters Edge, Duhamel, Quebec.

Here we see some of the more abstract works in the collection by later artists. We'll finish this series tomorrow.


  1. Looking at a few of these paintings I am reminded of the art in my grandparents house. But not the abstract works, that was not to their liking.

  2. The Group of Seven is in a league of its own.

  3. ...William, thank for this wonderful art history lesson this morning.

  4. Such a fine collection that family had, William.

  5. They didn't paint enough of the west. Jackson's western paintings are the best.

    1. They definitely had an emphasis on northern Ontario. It was only in later years after they weren't exhibiting together that travel became easier.

  6. Lovely series of art works from Canada ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Wonderful Canadian landscapes.

  8. Nice style. They look a little old-fashioned now, but still very pleasing.