|Helen, Violetta and Mary Rose "Our Island Welcomes You" a triptych one panel painted by each artist|
The Art Gallery of Ontario, located in Toronto, received a visit from yours truly this week.
The building was re- designed by world famous Canadian born architect, Frank Gehry and houses among it's 80,000 pieces, the artwork by the famous Canadian painters known as "The Group of Seven", whose paintings fetch millions at auction.
|Lawren Harris Centre Street,Toronto|
|Franklin Carmichael, Autumn in Orillia|
|JEH MacDonald, Algoma Forest|
|Fred Varley, Stormy Weather Georgian Bay|
|A.J. Casson Winter on the Don|
|Arthur Lisner, A September Gale, Georgian Bay|
|AY Jackson, North Shore Lake Superior|
Housed at the AGO is the art work of Canada's famous "Group of Seven"
The Group of Seven were a group of Canadian landscape painters in and around 1920, originally consisting of Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y Jackson, Fran Johnston, Arthur Lismer, JEH MacDonald and Frederick Varley Tom Thompson(died in 1917) ) and Emily Carr were also closely associated with the Group of Seven, though neither were ever official members. The Group of Seven is most famous for its paintings of the Canadian landscape, painted plein air. They travelled to remote areas of Canada to paint. Tom Thompson, a favourite died while out in his canoe, painting. His cause of death is unknown, some say he drowned, others believe he was killed.
A Lawren Harris painting "Baffin's Bay" fetched $3,500,000. at auction recently.
|You are heartily welcome, Helen Tilston|
|Beach trail on a sunny afternoon by Violetta|
|Boats at rest, Mary Rose|
As many of you know, I am "a Groupie, I belong to the three member group called the Plein Aire Cottage Artists, and, like the group of seven, we paint en plein aire. In hindsight, we feel we should have picked an easier name, but were rushed to choose when Fox TV approached us and wanted to feature our art and cause in a short documentary. See below
Are you a Groupie?