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Group of Seven

Kleinburg

Something is stirring at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, just north of Toronto and it may be worth your time to go and see what is taking place. Last year Ian Dejardin, a Scot, was appointed as Executive Director of the McMichael. Dejardin was the man who as chief curator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London who put together the much lauded show, Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. It was the first time these seminal Canadian artists have appeared abroad in more than a hundred years.

Now, with The Art of Canada: Director’s Cut, which runs through November 18, 2018, Dejardin has produced his first exhibition at the McMichael. He is using the show to highlight the strength and depth of the museum’s core collection. Works on display will include Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Norval Morriseau, David Milne, Christiane PflugAlex Colville and others.

 

Spring 2018

Something is stirring at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection…

VANCOUVER

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III. One of the First Nations art works dates back to 700 AD. The collection is made up of 20 historical works by Haida, Heiltsuk, Inuit, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Nuxalk and Tinglit artists and 17 modern pieces including two more or less recently carved totem poles, drawings by Bill Reid and 13 carved works by Robert Davidson.

When joined to the museum’s existing collection of Davidson’s work the new pieces mean that the Vancouver Art Gallery now has the most significant Davidson collection in a museum. The Gund Collection is on exhibition until January 31, 2016 .

Last but not least VAG is exhibiting what appears to be a blockbuster show on Canadian landscape painting from 1840-1940, Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Kreighoff to the Group of Seven . Once again this is a run don’t walk scenario because the exhibition which features some 130 works finishes on January 24th . All the usual suspects are present when it comes to realistic painting.

Winter 2016

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III…

MONTREAL

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting, The 1920’s Modernism in Montreal The Beaver Hall Group from October 24, 2013 to January 31, 2016.

The Beaver Hall Group is often thought of as a group of women artists but that is due to a mistake made by a travelling exhibition some time ago. Let’s face it, if you were a group of women artists, would you elect A. Y. Jackson as your first president?

Some would say that the Beaver Hall Group is to Montreal as the Group of Seven was to Toronto and there is some truth to that. With Jackson as its first president both groups obviously intermingled and the Group of Seven often incorporated work from the Beaver Hall Group when their work went on travelling exhibitions.

To wrap up the connection, when the Group of Seven decided to call it a day and members went on to form the Canadian Group of Painters, painters from Beaver Hall joined them.

The exhibition is made up of work by group members and friends and includes Emily Coonan, Adrien and Henri Hebert, Prudence Heward, Randolph Hewton, Edwin Holgate, A.Y. Jackson, Robert Pilot, Andre Bieler and others.

Autumn 2015

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting, The 1920’s Modernism in Montreal The Beaver Hall Group from October 24, 2013 to January 31, 2016…

Gordon Harrison

All I want to do is paint

Great Encounter

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters working today.

In September he won First Prize at the Rêves d’Automne 2014 painting contest in Baie Saint-Paul, in Charlevoix, Québec, where 140 prominent artists displayed 251 paintings, each bidding to capture the unofficial title of best Canadian landscape painter. He has also exhibited his work at what may be called the spiritual home of Canadian landscape painting, the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg, just outside of Toronto, where all but one of the Group of Seven are buried.

For those who aren’t familiar with the spectacular natural beauty of the Charlevoix region, it has been captivating Quebec and Canadian landscape painters from the Group of Seven on down and Harrison has from time to time been called the eighth member of the Group of Seven.

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Text by Noel Meyer

Gordon Harrison’s work is represented at the following venues: Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint Paul St., Québec, 418-692-4772; L’Express Gourmand, 31 Morin St., Sainte-Adèle, 450-229-1915; Les Fougères, 783 Route 105, Chelsea Qc, 819-827-8942; Gordon Harrison Canadian Landscape Gallery, 495 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, 613-746-6853; Petroff Gallery, 1016 Eglington Ave West, Toronto, 416-782-1696; In2Art Gallery, 136 Church St, Oakville, 905-582-6739; Peaks and Rafters Gallery, 162 Medora St., Port Carling, 705-765-6868; Ryan Fine Art Gallery, 3658 Muskoka, Hwy. 118 West, Port  Carling, 705-765-1500; Rouge Gallery, 245 3rd Ave., Unit 200, Saskatoon, 306-955-8882; West End Gallery, 12308 Jasper Ave., NW, Edmonton, 780-488-4892; West End Gallery, 1203 Broad St., Victoria, 250-388-0009.

 

Gordon Harrison is a man of many parts, all of which have combined to make him one of the most successful Canadian landscape painters…

WINNIPEG

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has had the good grace to snap up that travelling exhibition, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery September 27, 2014 to January 25, 2015 .

The exhibition consists of some 75 masterworks by artists such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Delacroix, Sargent, Sickert, Sisley, Sutherland, Turner, Freud and Dali and iconic Canadian artists such as Krieghoff, Morrice, Harris and Carr, Milne, Gagnon and the Group of Seven.

Autumn 2014

The Winnipeg Art Gallery has had the good grace to snap up that travelling exhibition, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery September 27, 2014 to January 25, 2015…

Claude Langevin

The Golden Era

Painting a Country

At the time, children followed in their parents’ footsteps,” reminisces Claude Langevin. Like many others, he started his professional career on this principle. Then, with audacity and perseverance, he branched off onto his own path, something few people ever did.

Son of a medical doctor and one of five siblings, Claude Langevin began studying medicine, engaged on a path set by his father and already followed by his eldest brother. “I studied medicine for a year and soon came to understand that it wasn’t a career for me. I had been painting since the age of 14, and that was what I loved doing. The news was difficult to accept for my family.” To discard such a secure career option for one that was perceived as marginal seemed like pure folly. But we were in the early 60s, when a wind of freedom and change had started to sweep Québec. Claude Langevin, then known under his real name of Paul Viens, was about to embark on this wave of artistic renewal that celebrated local talent.

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Text by Isabelle Gauthier 

 

“At the time, children followed in their parents’ footsteps,” reminisces Claude Langevin. Like many others, he started…