Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson / auteur: David P. Silcox. The Group of Seven was een groep Canadese schilders aan het begin van de vorige eeuw. Zo rond 1920 kregen ze deze naam opgeplakt. En als Tom Thomson niet in 1917 verdronken was, was het de groep van acht geworden.

Ze schilderden de (en in de) ruige natuur  van Canada, niet academisch. Voor het eerst eigenlijk dat dat op die manier gebeurde en dat ze de natuur zo als onderwerp namen. Ze waren er trots op. In zekere zin zijn ze te vergelijken met de Europese expressionisten en fauves. Kleurrijk, niet natuurgetrouw, vormen duidelijk omlijnd.

"Their mission was to create an all-Canadian art", en "They painted astonishingly rich, dramatic, even exalted landscapes". Silcox behandelt de opkomst en ontwikkeling van deze groep schilders, het boek is geïllustreerd met vele prachtige kleurenafbeeldingen en geeft een goed beeld van deze stroming.
Tot slot nog een citaat: "Although each artist has his distinct style, every painting is vibrantly, radiantly, and gloriously alive: a veritable hymn to life".

Mocht u werk van deze schilders willen zien, dat kan. Er is momenteel in het Groninger Museum een tentoonstelling getiteld: "Painting Canada". Ook in de National Gallery in Toronto kunt u werk van deze schilders bewonderen evenals in het McMichael Museum in Kleinburg (vlakbij Toronto). Zeer de moeite waard.


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