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Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The Group of Seven in Western Canada at the National Gallery of Canada from 10 October to 4 January

Ottawa, Canada - October 8, 2003

PRESS RELEASE

Le Groupe des Sept dans l’Ouest canadien

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.

This exhibition, organized by Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and presented by AIM Trimark Investments, offers an unprecedented view of the West from 1914 to the 1960s, and is complemented by a Bell audioguide that lets visitors learn more about the works on display.

“The Group of Seven have left their own indelible mark on Western Canada’s visual history,” says Charles Hill, curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada. “Not only are the breadth and variety of Canada’s Western landscapes revealed through this exhibition, but it also captures a period of radical change.

“Through these important works, we see the transformations of Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories during these stimulating decades, and the Group of Seven’s own active and unique engagement in those developments.”

“AIM Trimark Investments is proud to present The Group of Seven in Western Canada, at the National Gallery of Canada and on tour across the country,” says Dwayne Dreger, Vice President of Communications, AIM Trimark Investments. “We believe in making a commitment to the communities in which we do business and are pleased to extend this commitment beyond the world of finance.”

The exhibition and national tour of the Group of Seven in Western Canada are also made possible through the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program and the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program. The National Gallery of Canada also wishes to thank media sponsors CBC TV, la Télévision de RadioCanada, The Ottawa Citizen and Le Droit.

 

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