Painting Canada: Tom Thomson & the Group of Seven

Tom Thomson. Tom Thompson, The West Wind, 1917, Oil on canvas, 120.7 x 137.2 cm
Tom Thomson. Tom Thompson, The West Wind, 1917, Oil on canvas, 120.7 x 137.2 cm © Art Gallery of Ontario

Emma Enderby reviews the exhibition Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven on view at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London through January 8, 2012.

Enderby writes: "United by a common aim to challenge accepted authority, the modus operandi of Thomson and the group was to create a visual language and artistic identity to express the Canadian landscape, breaking all previous moulds... However, we also gauge from the work how these artists were interested in exploring and grappling with the desire for a new artistic identity through experimentation with style, such as (post) impressionism and fauvism."