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Interpreting Communities: The Group of Seven & their Contemporaries

October 6, 2007 to January 13, 2008

Features selected works on paper by members of the Group of Seven who, in addition to their well –known paintings of the uninhabited landscape, depicted scenes from local communities.

Included are renderings of houses/communities created at various times throughout the artists’ careers. Works by Lawren S. Harris, Franklin Carmichael, A.Y. Jackson and A.J. Casson representing Toronto; Cobalt, Ontario; Gaspé, Quebec, and other communities will be displayed alongside interesting information related to the artists’ experiences in working with their subjects.

At the time the Group members were painting and drawing these communities, other artists (Canadian and non-Canadian) were employing photography as a medium to document the people and their activities in these same areas. A selection of photographs by Toronto photographer William James, and American photographer Paul Strand as well as other artifacts are also included in this exhibition.

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Northern Silver Mine

Franklin Carmichael, 1890 - 1945
Northern Silver Mine, 1930
watercolour over graphite
28.8 x 35.0 cm
Gift of Mr and Mrs R.G. Mastin

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