Brave Group

LgDeepSil250This was a brave group. They had courage in how they approached painting, and many of them also had the courage to rough it in the Canadian wilderness in order to know their subject well. You may have guessed that I’m referring to our Canadian Group of Seven. Their first exhibit was in 1920, and the critics back then had lots of nasty things to say about the paintings. Their colours and shapes were just too wildly different in a time when people bought paintings of brown cows, on brown fields beside, yup, brown streams. Today, their paintings sell for millions. What I love is the way that even today, almost 100 years later, their work looks fresh and spontaneous as though it was painted yesterday. Here’s a link so you can see some of their work: the Canadian Group of Seven. Do you agree that it is exciting work, even today?