Exhibitions

The Group of Seven in Western Canada

10 Oct 2003 - 04 Jan 2004

They were painters, draftsmen, print makers, commercial illustrators, and teachers. Collectively, they defined a Canadian art movement and carved a place in our national psyche. Now, the Group of Seven return to the National Gallery of Canada in a spectacular exhibition that showcases five decades of groundbreaking work in Canada’s West. The Group of Seven in Western Canada, featuring 180 rarely seen paintings and drawings by our nation’s most celebrated artists, is on view in Ottawa from 10 October 2003 to 4 January 2004. Best-known for their work in Central and Eastern Canada, these celebrated painters began to explore lands west of the Ontario-Manitoba border as early as 1914. First viewed as a pristine frontier, then on the verge of development, the West offered these seminal artists abundant new subject matter to illustrate the diverse landscapes of Canada. See the sunlit Prairies, majestic Rocky Mountains, barren northlands and breathtaking coastal landscapes through the eyes of Lawren S. Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank H. Johnston, A.Y. Jackson, Edwin Holgate, Arthur Lismer and L.L. FitzGerald.