The Very Vital Canadian Group of Painters

Yvonne M. Housser, Evening, Nipigon River (1942)

Yvonne M. Housser, Evening, Nipigon River (1942)

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When the Group of Seven disbanded in the early 1930s, the Canadian Group of Painters arose as the creative successor to the Group of Seven’s “nationalist” art and even included several former Group of Seven members, such as Arthur Lismer and Emily Carr.    Yet, although Canadian Group artists produced significant art that was integral to defining a Canadian style of painting, the Canadian Group is not widely known.  This relative lack of attention may be due to the wider time period spanned by the work of the Canadian Group (around 1933-1953), its encompassing over forty artists, and the notably varied styles of its members who focused less on landscapes and more on modern life.   Bringing some long overdue attention to this diverse group of artists, “A Vital Force”, a traveling exhibition devoted to the Canadian Group, recently opened at the Queen’s University Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario and runs through mid-July .

Caven Atkins, Arc Welder Working on Bulkhead (1943)

Caven Atkins, Arc Welder Working on Bulkhead (1943)

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Yvonne M. Housser, Cobalt (1931)

Yvonne M. Housser, Cobalt (1931)

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Edwin Holgate, Early Autumn (1938)

Edwin Holgate, Early Autumn (1938)

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Philip Surrey, Going to Work (1935)

Philip Surrey, Going to Work (1935)

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Jock Macdonald, Thunder Clouds Over Okanagan Lake (1944-45)

Jock Macdonald, Thunder Clouds Over Okanagan Lake (1944-45)

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Prudence Heward, Autumn Fields (1941)

Prudence Heward, Autumn Fields (1941)

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Miller Brittain, Longshoremen (1940)

Miller Brittain, Longshoremen (1940)

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Adrien Hebert, Place Jacques Cartier (1939)

Adrien Hebert, Place Jacques Cartier (1939)

10 responses

    • Cassandra, thanks for your comments. I visited your link and your artwork is vivid with a distinctive style. Love your subject matter — quite nice! It’s also great that cards can be ordered from your prints at RedBubble.com. Best, Brett

  1. This is a great post highlighting a wide variety of historical art that depicts the vastness of the Canadian cultural landscape. Just the art depicted here shows it’s a show worth catching.

  2. Wow. Love the Atkins piece. The blue is so rich and the sparks have a great quality to them. There’s a little Pop Art in it. The Housser piece is wonderful too. Like a 1930s WPA travel poster or postcard. Very cool stuff.

  3. Caven Atkins was my great uncle. I spent many years absolutely in love with being with him. His place was full of his artwork and books and he was eccentric and loving and fun!! I have paintings that he made just for me when i was a child.

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