(Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years

J.E.H. MacDonald, Farm House, 1889, watercolour and ink on paper, 11 x 16.5 cm. Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. J.E.H. MacDonald, Farm House, 1889, watercolour and ink on paper, 11 x 16.5 cm. Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation.

(Re)Collecting the Group of Seven: Celebrating 100 Years


Curator: Rebecca Basciano
January 18, 2020 – November 7th, 2021

Opening Reception: March 11, 2020, 6-9 PM 

On May 7, 1920, the Group of Seven held their first art exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario). Although they disbanded by the end of the decade, they have had a lasting impact on the development of Canadian Art for a century, and continue to attract collectors on an international scale.

This exhibition will display key works by the Group of Seven from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art (FCCA) and provide a unique look at the mid to late twentieth-century collecting activities of the Firestone family in Ottawa. With a particular focus on A.Y. Jackson, A.J. Casson, and Arthur Lismer, work by the Group of Seven forms the largest representation in the FCCA, which now holds over 600 examples of their work. Large landscape paintings will hang alongside intimate sketches to reveal the breadth of techniques and subject matter explored by members of the Group throughout their careers, offering a distinctive lens on their artistic process and development. Work by artists working contemporaneously to the Group of Seven and collected by the Firestones will also be on display.

André Biéler, Paul-Émile Borduas, Ghitta Caiserman, Emily Carr, A.J. Casson, Alan C. Collier, Kathleen Daly, L.L. FitzGerald, Lawren S. Harris, Edwin Holgate, Yvonne McKague Housser, Robert Hyndman, A.Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Doris McCarthy, David B. Milne, Norval Morrisseau, Kazuo Nakamura, Graham Norwell, George Pepper, Anne Savage, and F.H. Varley



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Franz Johnston, Algoma Landscape, 1923, tempera on cardboard, 98.3 x 73.4 cm. Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. Franz Johnston, Algoma Landscape, 1923, tempera on cardboard, 98.3 x 73.4 cm. Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation.