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2011: Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

19 October 2011 – 8 January 2012

"Above all elements Canadian, these are painters who knew how to handle paint and colour, and how to turn a small sketch executed on the spot into a high-pitched studio masterpiece." - Brian Sewell, The Evening Standard

"one of those shows that does more than transplant the viewer ... it feeds the imagination" - Laura Cumming

In the early twentieth century in Toronto, Canada, the first stirrings of a new movement of painting were being felt. A group of artists started to engage with the awesome Canadian wilderness, a landscape previously considered too wild and untamed to inspire ‘true’ art. Tom Thomson paved the way for this artistic collective, the Group of Seven, and their works have become revered in Canada. This exhibition will reintroduce their stunning impressions of the Canadian landscape to the British public for the first time since the 1920s.


Painting Canada was part of Dulwich Picture Gallery's touring exhibition programme:

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo: 29 January – 13 May 2014

The Groninger Museum, Netherlands: 30 June – 30 September 2012

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canada: 3 November 2012 – 6 January 2013