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The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson [Paperback]

David Silcox
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Nov. 6 2011

"Silcox [is] a wonderfully lucid stylist . . . this definitive volume presents 400 supreme color reproductions . . . covering the entire spectrum of the proficient and prolific group's magnificent output . . . every painting is vibrantly, radiantly, and gloriously alive: a veritable hymn to life."
-- Booklist

At a critical time in Canada's history, the Group of Seven revolutionized the country's appreciation of itself by celebrating Canada as a wild and beautiful land. These paintings of the wilderness evoke the same response in viewers today as they did when first exhibited.

Now in paperback, The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson is even more affordable than the celebrated original hardcover edition. This award-winning bestseller includes many never-before reproduced paintings and presents the most complete and extensive collection of these artists' works ever published. The 400 paintings and drawings reveal the remarkable genius of all 10 painters who, at some point, were part of the movement. Tom Thomson, who died before the Group was established, was always present in the public mind.

Included are works by:

  • Frank Carmichael
  • Frank Johnston
  • A.J. Casson
  • Arthur Lismer
  • Le Moine FitzGerald
  • J.E.H. MacDonald
  • Lawren Harris
  • Tom Thomson
  • Edwin Holgate
  • F.H. Varley
  • A.Y. Jackson.

The artwork is organized by the various regions of Canada, with additional sections on the war years and still-life paintings. Introductory essays provide a context for a greater understanding and appreciation of Canada's most celebrated artists.


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Notable for the superb quality and the quantity of its color plates.... Organized thematically, rather than by artist, the volume collects together notable works according to subject, including portraits, WWI, and urban and village scenes, with the majority of the works grouped into the geographic areas that the painters depicted... Each chapter opens with an essay, followed by page upon page of full-page color plates of the intensely colorful works. (Book News 2012-02-01)

The best introduction to the Group available. With elegant ease, Silcox expertly recounts the Group's travels and artistic concerns, relating them to the times with a refined talent for synthesis. The 369 reproductions look even crisper than those in the original edition. (Victor Swoboda Montreal Gazette 2006-12-02)

Recently released in paperback, this fabulous book is a definitive collection of a group of artists who helped establish a national perspective. Their dramatic use of colour and line created a style uniquely Canadian that gave rise to an entire painting tradition. Featuring 400 works, the paintings are divided into a number of different sections that address the regional influences along with the urban and portraiture subjects. (North Shore News 2011-12-23)

This is a gorgeous book that deserves a place on any art lover's bookshelf. (Bill Robertson Saskatoon Star Phoenix 2011-12-17)

A splendid volume. (Jon Fear Waterloo Record 2011-12-09)

Includes many rarely seen paintings as well as the signature paintings that dazzle our imagination... The paintings are set on a white matte paper that allows the richness of the color and texture of the brushstroke to come through... The historical information is concisely written, offering insight into the men who led the movement of Canadian art into new, daring, interpretive and abstract directions. This beautiful book will be appreciated whenever it is opened. It's a gift, in more ways than can be expressed. (Harriet Zaidman Winnipeg Free Press 2006-12-03)

About the Author

David P. Silcox, managing director of Sotheby's Canada, is an art historian, a cultural administrator and a senior fellow at Massey College. He is also widely recognized for his writings on the artists David Milne, Christopher Pratt and Jack Bush.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! April 12 2013
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Probably one of the best of the many books on the Group of Seven. A great resource if you have any interest in these artists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Dec 25 2013
By Liz
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Very concise book, one of the best on the Group of Seven. It was a Christmas gift and it was very much appreciated.
Good price also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Gift for Art Lovers Dec 12 2012
By Koko
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Gorgeous in every way.... A wonderful gift for the art lover on your gift list... The one I have ordered for a dear friend makes me want one for myself too
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5.0 out of 5 stars article intéressant March 2 2012
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J'ai reçu le livre dans un très bon état et je dois dire que les reproductions des toiles sont belles et souvent dans un format qui permet d'apprécier les oeuvres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice May 9 2013
By Cheryl Parker - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredibly illustrated and informative, beautifully produced, just wished there was a little bit on Emily Carr as well. the price on this volume was amazing, I would have paid double to have this book in my hands, it has inspired me in my own work, these were people who painted like me, a nice discovery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures by the Ton March 29 2012
By B. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! This book contains almost 400 images. Probably 300 are full page images. For an artist like me, it's quite wonderful for the price. It contains a brief written history of the group and members. I consider this a "good buy" and it has introduced me to artists that I wasn't familiar with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book on Group of Seven Dec 31 2012
By Cheryl Ann Hartnett - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this online because the price was really good. I was not disappointed. Silcox does a great job of documenting the early work of the Group of Seven (plus Tom Thomson). Surprisingly there was a lot of figurative work in the artists' early phases. The quality of the color plates is excellent - you can actually see the thickness of the paint in some of the paintings. This is an excellent resource for any landscape artist who is interested in Canadian art of the 20th century or anyone who simply loves the Group of Seven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of inspiration. Dec 7 2012
By Laura Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Good quality photos, well worth the price. Canadian impressionists I was not familiar with. Interesting history in the text also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book Nov. 14 2012
By A. Manoukian - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always heard about the group of seven, and this book was a surprise, because it has so many well printed pictures and well illusrated in text. 5/5
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