Group of Seven
The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, memorialized the raw and rugged beauty of Canada through their unique style of landscape and urban paintings in the early 20th century. These Toronto based painters were drawn to the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and in particular, Ontario, as these landscapes they loved offered them peace, solace and inspiration.
Together, they agreed that these landscapes had to be captured in their very distinguishing painting style. They became known as pioneers of the new Canadian art movement by breaking away from the traditional European style by developing their art through direct contact with nature.
Today, their works continue to grow public awareness of one of our greatest assets, the beautiful landscapes. Visit many of their paintings and sketches in Ontario galleries, and then travel to see the incredible landscapes that were their inspiration.
Quick guide to the Group of Seven in Ontario
Founding members of the Group of Seven
The original members to form the Group of Seven were Lawren S. Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A.Y. Jackson. Later members to join where A.J. Casson, Edwin Holgate and Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald.
Learn more from the Paint Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven exhibit.
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Last updated: March 31, 2023