Groninger Museum presents Group of Seven. Canadian Painting exhibition

. June 30, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Groninger Museum presents Group of Seven. Canadian Painting, an exhibition on view from 30 June to 30 September 2012.in collaboration with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, and the Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Netherlands. With the generous support of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and other lenders.


Tom Thomson The Jack Pine Dulwich Picture Gallery

The exhibition provides an overview of the extraordinary work of the Group of Seven, an artists’ group that arose in Canada at the beginning of the twentieth century and disbanded in 1933. Their landscape paintings are considered among Canada’s most important cultural treasures, yet one that has never before been seen in the Netherlands. The Groninger Museum is thrilled that it has been able to find sponsors to present this exhibition.

A few years prior to the Group of Seven’s genesis in 1920, Canada witnessed the flourishing of a style of painting that focused particularly on the undeveloped and natural beauty of the country. The colourful canvases of endless forests, rolling hills and lakes can be admired express the artists’ sublime natural experiences and combined with national pride, that at the same time recall other landscape-painting traditions.
One of the catalysts for the establishment of the Group of Seven was the premature death of Tom Thomson (1877-1917). As source of inspiration for the group, he is mentioned in the same breath as the original members, Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston, F. H. Varley and Franklin Carmichael.

The exhibition Painting Canada – Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven is currently on tour through Europe. London hosted the première. At present, the exhibition is on display in Oslo and these iconic works will arrive in Groningen in the summer. The Groninger Museum will present more than 120 masterpieces by this exceptional artists’ group; these works are on loan from major museums in Canada.

This exhibition has been organized by the Dulwich Picture Gallery (London), the National Gallery of Canada, in conjunction with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo) and the Groninger Museum. With the generous support of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario and other lenders.

Groninger Museum
Museumeiland 1
9711 ME Groningen
Tel.: 050 3 666 555

Category: Fine Art

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