The exhibition opened recently and is on until 8 January 2012. It's been organised in liaison with the National Gallery of Canada and collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo and the Groninger Museum.
This is by way of a preamble as I've not yet seen the exhibition - but I hope to see it very shortly! I'll also be doing more posts about the development of Canadian landscape art.
|Franklin Carmichael, Autumn Hillside, 1920,|
Oil on canvas 76 x 91.4cm,
© Art Gallery of Ontario,Gift from the J.S. McLean Collection, Toronto
© Courtesy of the Estate of Franklin Carmichael
This exhibition is one of those "once in a lifetime" events.
The famous landscape paintings of Canada which feature in this exhibition were first seen at the British Empire exhibitions at Wembley in 1924 and 1925. Although both Thom Thomson and the Group of Seven are greatly revered within Canada, they are much less well known outside that country. However they very much deserve to be better known.
|Sketch for the Jack Pine by Thom Thomson|
Painting Canada is displayed as a journey across Canada, from East to West, framed by two grand rooms dedicated individually to Tom Thomson’s electrifying sketches and paintings of Algonquin Park and Lawren Harris’s other-worldly paintings of the Arctic and the Rocky Mountains. Between these two ‘poles,’ a selection of the best work by Thomson and the Group of Seven will be on display. A special feature of the show will be the juxtaposition, wherever possible, of the initial sketch with the finished canvas. One room will be devoted entirely to a display of these vibrant sketches, which represent one of Canada’s most impressive contributions to 20th century art.
Tom Thomson developed an artistic language that captured the unique qualities of the Canadian landscape - dazzling in colour and in tune with the subtle changing of the seasons. After his untimely death, Thomson’s friends organised a memorial exhibition, and followed this up by forming probably the most famous artistic force in Canadian art history: the Group of Seven. Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A.Y. Jackson created - along with Thomson - a landscape style that to this day influences the way Canadians visualise their own country.Interestingly this exhibition also has a related art blog - which also focuses on the journey across Canada. Here are some of the posts - and a quote from the first which explains what they are all about
Highly revered in Canada, these great artists are virtually unknown outside. This spectacularly illustrated book, arranged according to the geographical areas depicted, with scholarly essays investigating different aspects of the painters’ craft, aims to redress that imbalance.
Over the next three months and seven blog posts, Julian Beecroft will travel across Canada from Atlantic to Pacific coasts. During the course of his extraordinary journey he will introduce you to Tom Thomson, Canadian landscape painter, and the members of the Group of Seven, their paintings and something of their individual characters, as he visits and photographs the sites of paintings loaned to the exhibition coming this autumn to Dulwich Picture Gallery.
- Coast to Coast with Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven: Halifax to Montreal via Charlevoix County
- Coast to Coast with Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven: Southern Ontario – Toronto and Georgian Bay
- Coast to Coast with Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven: Algonquin Park
- Coast to Coast with Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven: Northern Ontario (east)
- National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway 29 January – 13 May 2012
- The Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands 3 / 6 June – 28 October 2012
A unique, interactive exploration of Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Featuring over 70 works and using landmark technology developed by ArtFinder, visitors to the exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery (19 October 2011 – 8 January) can use image recognition “snap” technology to use their app to identify the works in front of them and listen to audio commentaries accompanied by text and a room by room guide to the exhibition. Alternatively simply explore the exhibition by room and location to take a virtual tour of the show.Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven,
Exhibition dates: 19 October 2011 – 8 January 2012
Exhibition Opening hours:
- Tue - Fri 10am–5pm
- Weekends & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am– 5pm
- Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
For those interested in Canadian art
you might like Canadian Art Calendars 2012
you might like Canadian Art Calendars 2012