Art & Artists in Exhibition: Vancouver 1890 - 1950
The Group of Seven
1913 - 1931
The Group of Seven was one of the most important artists groups formed in Canada, yet
their work was publicly disliked when it was first noticed in Western Canada. The
Group exhibited in B.C. starting in August 1922 at the Vancouver
Exhibition, where their work largely passed unnoticed. They exhibited their work
again in the 1924 and 1926 Provincial Exhibitions in New Westminster. A Western Tour of
their work was shown in Vancouver and New Westminster in 1928.
By this time the public's interest was aroused in opposition to the Group of Seven's way
of painting the Canadian experience, although a number of west coast artists were attracted
to the new possibilities inherent in the free style of the Group.
Catalogue from the 1931 PNE show.
Members of the Group lived, travelled, visited, and painted in British
Columbia, including Frederick H. Varley,
Lawren Stewart Harris, and
Lionel Lemoine Fitzgerald (a later addition
to the original group). Arthur Lismer reported to the National
Gallery of Canada on the state of the arts in Western Canada following a western tour
A substantial amount of research and writing has been done on the Group of Seven and its
members. Their influence was fundamental to a new way of expressing Canada, and their
successor groups - the Group of Eleven, the Canadian Group of Painters -
continued to carry the Group of Seven's torch of artistic innovation for many years.
THE GROUP OF SEVEN - ART FOR A NATION
1995, Charles C. Hill, National Gallery of Canada, ISBN 0-7710-6716-x
Includes exhibition list, with G7 shows in Western Canada