The Jack Pine, 1916, Tom Thomson, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The Jack Pine, 1916, Tom Thomson, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The exhibition presents works by the most important pioneers of Canadian landscape painting from the early years of the 20th century.

These painters’ love of their homeland encouraged them to explore the wilderness of Canada’s national parks. The Group of Seven laid the foundations for Canadian modernism. Canadians felt a close affinity for the Scandinavian countries, and the “dream of the Nordic”. The simplified motifs and modernist idiom of Canadian landscape painters were clearly influenced by their Nordic counterparts. With 120 paintings from major museums and collections in Canada, the exhibition provides a representative insight into this crucial chapter of Canadian modernism.

The exhibition is produced by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, in collaboration with the National Museum.

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