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A. Y. Jackson June 3, 2019

The Group of Seven was, perhaps, the single most influential factor in the development of 20th Century Canadian art. A.Y. Jackson, was one of its founding members. A.Y. Jackson was born on October 3, 1882 in Montreal, Quebec. His father abandoned the family, so, at age twelve, Jackson went to work at a lithography company to help his mother feed the family. It was here that he acquired his interest in art, and began his…

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Lawren Harris – One of Canada’s Great Painters April 11, 2019

Lawren Stewart Harris was born in Brantford, Ontario, in 1885. His family was wealthy, having developed a successful farm machinery business. In 1891 the family business merged with the Massey firm to create the  iconic Massey-Harris company. The young Lawren Harris was basically free of money worries for the rest of his life. The Early Years Harris took up  painting  at an early age and studied in Germany from 1904 to 1907. In 1911 he met J. E. H. MacDonald, whose  landscape…

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Group of Seven – icons in Canadian art November 2, 2018

Tom Thomson and the painters known as The Group of Seven went into the wilds as voyageurs, carrying their canvas and paints, to discover and reveal their own ideas for Canadian art. They met while working as commercial artists at various Toronto printing firms. They specialized in graphic design for advertisements. On weekends taking trips together, painting scenes around the city and discussing art. In the summer of 1912, after visiting Huntsville and Muskoka, Ontario…

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