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The Studio Building inspires Group of Seven artists

Around 1912 a loosely knit group of artists began to paint Canada as they saw it. Sketch boxes in tow, they journeyed all over the country to paint the wilderness with bold colours and a broad, decorative style. Despite the death of mentor Tom Thomson in 1917, these painters banded together as the Group of Seven in 1920 to forge a new Canadian expression. Their vision shaped how Canadians saw their own country and left a legacy that continues to provoke debate and discussion. Thanks to the estates of Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley, Arthur Lismer and A.J. Casson for their assistance in this archival project.

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A profile of the building commissioned by Lawren Harris as a place for artists to live, work and paint.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: July 19, 1999
Guest: Gordon MacNamara
Reporter: Ron Izawa
Duration: 2:29

Last updated: July 30, 2013

Page consulted on November 5, 2014

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