When I first saw a book about them in 1976 (The Group of Seven by Peter Mellen, now sadly out of print) I was, as the British say, gobsmacked. I’ve been in love ever since.
However, almost no one outside of Canada has ever heard of them or seen their paintings.
This is from a 2011 review in the British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, about one of the few exhibits outside of Canada:
“Thomson and the Group of Seven are household names in Canada; here, however, they are almost unknown. The Dulwich show is the first exhibition devoted solely to them ever [!] mounted in Britain. Accordingly, Ian Dejardin, the gallery’s director, who fell in love with the artists after stumbling across a book about them in the library of the Royal Academy in the late Eighties, should be congratulated for adventurous programming.”
That’s my explanation mark, by the way. And I wonder if that’s the same book I “stumbled over”?
First show EVER? They painted from the 1910’s to the 1930’s and this is the first show devoted to them in Britain? And Canada was once a part of the British Empire? What gives?
As far as I know — and I searched the web — there has never been an exhibit of their work, as a group, in the US. I believe there have been a few individual paintings exhibited as part of larger shows, but none for them explicitly.
Why are they are not better known? Is it because they are Canadian? Could that possibly be true?
This post is definitely filed under the label, “How come?”
There is a website about The Group of Seven, if you want to know and see more.
Take a look below and fall in love too.
|By Lawren Harris|
|Also by Lawren Harris|
|Also by Thom Thomson|
|By A.J. Casson|