wind-wrapped; wind-warped pine
land, water, spirit
landscape touched by artist brush
Lawren Harris (Group of Seven)
*Deb Gibson’s painting from within Kilarney Ontario Provincial Park brought to mind the art of the Group of Seven, commercial artists who became icons due to their unique approach to painting the ruggedness of the Canadian landscape, especially the granite of the Canadian Shield, and the woods of the Algonquin Lakes.
The Canadian Encyclopedia states: The Group of Seven was founded in 1920 as an organization of self-proclaimed modern artists. With their bright colours, tactile paint handling, and simple yet dynamic forms, the Group of Seven transfigured the Canadian Shield, the dense, northern boreal forest, and endless lakes, into a transcendent, spiritual force. . . . . In addition to Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and David Milne, the Group of Seven were the most important Canadian artists of the first decades of the twentieth century. If you’re not familiar with Emily Carr’s work, please indulge. She painted the West Coast of Canada in the same time period (and later) as the Seven. Thom Thompson’s drowning in 1917, ended a career that was being to forge the “Canadian” style of painting. See also: McMichael Collection, The Thom Thompson Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Canadian National Gallery.
A September Gale, Georgian Bay, 1921