Bonus Features: “Are these new Canadian painters crazy?” (100th Anniversary of the Group of Seven)

Before diving into this post, read my TVO article about the 100th anniversary of the first exhibition of the Group of Seven.

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Cover to the exhibition catalogue. Image courtesy Art Gallery of Ontario. 

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Review by Margaret Fairbairn, Toronto Star, May 7, 1920.

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Tangled Garden, J.E.H. MacDonald, 1916. WikiArt.

One of several MacDonald paintings in the exhibition that were not for sale.

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The Globe, May 11, 1920.

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Fire Swept – Algoma, Frank Johnston, 1919. WikiArt.

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The Globe, May 15, 1920. 

The newspaper ad for the exhibition, tucked here between ads for local comedians and singers offering their services. A quick search of the internet shows that a Will J. White wrote a patriotic song two years earlier, “Take Me Back to Dear Old Canada . James Elcho Fiddes was a Scottish tenor who appears to have enjoyed numerous gigs in Canada and the northeastern United States during the 1910s and 1920s.

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Calgary Herald, April 20, 1921.

Some thoughts from A.Y. Jackson for the western Canadian touring exhibition of the Group’s works.

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Terre Sauvage, A.Y. Jackson, 1913. Wikiart.

Though not included in the initial 1920 Group show, this Jackson piece was included in the exhibition which travelled through the United States in 1920-1922. According to the National Gallery of Canada’s website, when this painting was shown during the Royal Academy of Arts’s 1918 exhibition, critic Harold Mortimer-Lamb called it “one of the most important paintings of landscape yet produced by a Canadian artist, and more clearly expresses the spirit and feeling of Canada than anything that has yet been done.”

It is mentioned in the review below…

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Indianapolis Star, April 10, 1921.

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The Beaver Dam, J.E.H. MacDonald, 1919. WikiArt.

Mentioned in the Indianapolis review, this piece was also part of the original 1920 Group exhibition.

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Detroit Free Press, June 5, 1921.

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Buffalo Courier, July 31, 1921.

The Buffalo engagement of this exhibition ran from September 10 to October 5, 1921. The Albright Gallery later became Albright-Knox, and will be known as the Buffalo Albright Knox Gundlach Art Museum once its revitalization/reconstruction project is completed.

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