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06 March 2019Canadian Landscape Painters - Tom Thomson and the 'Group of Seven' Talk begins at 2pm
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Canadian Landscape Painters - Tom Thomson and the 'Group of Seven' Talk begins at 2pm Dr Richard Thomas Wednesday 06 March 2019

From 1912 Tom Thomson and 'the Group of Seven' revolutionised Canadian painting. Some were war artists who went on to produce delightful portraits and townscapes; but all of them were inspired by the Canadian landscape and the wilderness to the 'north'.  The early focus was on Algonquin Park near Toronto - into which Tom Thomson mysteriously disappeared in 1917.  The others continued to paint for two decades and their paintings not only 'moulded the way Canadians looked at their land', they also 'capture the eye, stir the memory and feed the heart'.  The talk will discuss the main artists within the group (including Thomson, FH Varley, Lawren Harris and AY Jackson) and show many of their defining works.

Our Speaker: Dr Richard Thomas completed an MA in Canada in Development Studies and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin in History and Political Science.  His career as a teacher in Africa, as an academic at Reading University and as a politial and institutional analyst in the field of International Development enabled him to travel widely in Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  He always sought to understand the Arts, Architecture and Culture wherever he was in helping him illuminate the past and explaini the present.