Painting credit: Lawren S. Harris (1885-1970), Pic Island (detail) c.1924, gift of Colonel R.S. McLaughlin, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Painting credit: Lawren S. Harris (1885-1970), Algonquin Park Sunburst (detail) 1912, gift of Mrs. Doris H. Speirs, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Painting credit: Lawren S. Harris (1885-1970), Houses, Gerrard Street, Toronto (detail) 1912, gift of Donbarn Investments Limited, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
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The Group of Seven was a community of Canadian artists in the early 20th century who connected with the country’s rugged environment through a unique style of landscape painting. The group was comprised of Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, Frank Johnston, Franklin Carmichael and A.Y. Jackson, along with associated artists, most notably Tom Thompson. The work of the Group of Seven has come to represent a distinct, globally recognized, Canadian artistic identity.
Discover more ways to channel the artist in you and plan your own Group of Seven inspired adventure. Art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike are invited to visit some of the iconic locations and landscapes that inspired these artists of the past along these discovery routes.
ALGOMA COUNTRY AND THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR
Stand in awe at the beauty of Algoma and Lake Superior’s North Shore. Board the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and ride the route travelled by the Group of Seven when they painted from the box car in the early 1900’s or visit the Lake Superior Provincial Park, a section of the Interpretive Visitor Centre is dedicated to the Group of Seven. Embark on a guided and outfitted sea-kayak expedition with Naturally Superior Adventures from Rossport to Pukaskwa, through Group of Seven inspired landscapes.
AWAKENINGS OF LA CLOCHE
Paint and paddle on the French River, and immerse yourself in the same magical scenery that inspired Tom Thomson years ago. Hike under the quartz rocks in the La Cloche Mountain range.
ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK AND HUNTSVILLE
Paddle to site of The Jack Pine in Algonquin Provincial Park. Follow a unique outdoor trail that features over 90 incredible mural replicas showcasing Group of Seven works through Muskoka and Algonquin Park.
OTTAWA AND OTTAWA VALLEY
Experience the Group of Seven and its role in Canadian history through the iconic works at the National Gallery of Canada and other galleries. In the Ottawa Valley immerse yourself into the landscapes and waterways that inspired the artists.
GREATER TORONTO AREA
Be in the place where the Group of Seven was born. In May1920 the seven artists first exhibited together as the Group of Seven at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Today the AGO features an impressive collection of work by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. Just north of the city, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg is host to one of the largest permanent displays of works by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.
See one of the most famous and beloved paintings in Canada, Tom Thomson’s The Jack Pine, in the most important collection of works by the Group of Seven at the National Gallery of Canada. Sketches paired with the finished works and murals from the cottage of patron James MacCallum are featured in the new Canadian and Indigenous galleries. Outside, the taiga garden is inspired by A.Y. Jackson’s painting Terre Sauvage.
The Algoma landscapes represent an early informative stage in the Group of Seven’s encounter with the North. Traveling on the train and along the coast of Lake Superior, the art created during this period offers vistas, scenery and more focused images created in the Algoma Region. Group of Seven interpretive panels placed at significant locations, now provide the foundation for an immersive and interactive experience that can be shared by all who visit Sault Ste. Marie and area.