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  • Lawren Stewart Harris (1885 - 1970)
    Lawren Harris (1885 - 1970) was a Canadian painter best known as a member of the Group of Seven who launched a Canadian painting style in the early 20th century. Harris was instrumental in creating the...
  • Tom Thompson (1877 - 1917)
    Thomas John "Tom" Thompson (1877 - 1917) was a Canadian painter famous for his landscape paintings. He was an inspiration for the Group of Seven . Much has been written about Thompson's life and his de...
  • Franklin Carmichael (1890 - 1945)
    Franklin Carmichael (1890 - 1945) was one of the original members of the Group of Seven. As its youngest member, he was at the fringes of the Group. He was particularly close with Tom Thompson, an arti...
  • A.Y. Jackson (1882 - 1974)
    Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson (1882-1974) was a Canadian painter and a member of the Group of Seven. Jackson fostered collaboration between artists of Montreal and Toronto. During WWI, Jackson enlis...
  • Emily Carr (1871 - 1945)
    Emily Carr (1871 - 1945) was an artist and is known as a Canadian icon. Her modernist, post-impressionist painting style was new to Canadian art. Carr was heavily influenced by the indigenous peoples...

The Group of Seven was an organization of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. The members were drawn together by a common sense of frustration with the conservative quality of most Canadian art at that time. They shifted the emphasis from similitude, the imitation of natural effects, toward the expression of their feelings for their subjects. Their paintings developed along similar lines, because they often painted together in the studio. Their early paintings include bright colors and bold summarization with extensive surface patterning.

The group received funding and support primarily from Lawren Harris, who was heir to the Massey-Harris farm machinery fortune, and Dr. James McCallum.

Group of Seven original members include

Members invited later

Two artists commonly associated with the group, but not official members

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