Ontario's Historical Plaques 

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The Group of Seven (1920-1933)

Group of Seven

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

Group of Seven

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

Group of Seven

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The City of Vaughan
In Kleinburg, attached to the outside wall of the main building at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
on the east side of Islington Avenue, just over 1 km north of Major MacKenzie Drive (Road 25)

Coordinates: N 43 50.576 W 79 37.020


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Plaque Text

Coming together in Toronto, Frank Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald and F.H. Varley set out to give Canada a truly national form of painting. Spurred on by an association with Tom Thomson (1877-1917), these artists sought inspiration initially in the rugged northern Ontario landscape. They later expanded their horizons, making all of Canada their territory. Their first exhibition as a group, in 1920, was controversial, but their bold style attracted attention to Canadian painting and eventually won an enthusiastic following.

Related Ontario plaques
Franz Johnston 1888-1949
Alexander Young Jackson 1882-1974
Franklin Carmichael 1890-1945
J.E.H. MacDonald 1873-1932
Tom Thomson 1877-1917
Lawren Harris 1885-1970
Bon Echo Inn

Related Toronto plaques
Lawren Harris 1885-1970
Studio Building



Vaughan Plaques

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