The Group of Seven... In Celebration
This compilation includes portraits of three members of the Group of Seven. Canadian Landscape: As a leading member of the Group of Seven, A.Y. Jackson's paintings of rolling, unpopulated land, winter scenes and the remote Arctic, helped to shape the visual image of Canada. This 1941 film traces the illustrious career of this powerful landscape painter. The camera accompanies Jackson on trips to the northern wilderness of Canada and back to his studio in Toronto, where he describes the challenge of transforming (but never imitating) on canvas the essence of his sketches (18 min.). Lismer: A founding member of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer developed a powerful expressionistic style, characterized by raw colour, coarse brushwork and simplified form. However, he devoted much of his time to art education. At the Montreal Children's Art Centre, which Lismer ran from 1941 to 1967, we see how children learn creative self-expression through art. A 1952 production (19 min. 10 sec.). Varley: Frederick Varley was a talented colourist, draftsman and intimate observer of life whose gifts were best displayed in his drawings and small watercolours. Romantic and independent, he was known as the 'gypsy' of the Group of Seven. In this 1953 film, Varley returns to his studio in Toronto after a sketching trip. The camera moves about his studio, selecting examples of his canvasses and watching him begin a new one (15 min. 57 sec.).
1995, 53 min 21 s
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