The exhibition features some 80 paintings and 40 sketches, as well as photographs, films and documentation that highlight the work of the G7 artists who are extremely popular in Canada.
Ancient forests in remote regions, majestic views of the Arctic, magic of the northern lights: paintings of Canadian modernism create a mythical Canada. In the early 20th century, artists such as Franklin Carmichael, Emily Carr, J.E. Macdonald, Lauren S. Harris, Edwin Holgate, Arthur Lismer, Tom Thomson, and F.G. pictorial dictionary of the cultural identity of a young nation. In a mesmerizing visual language, paintings and sketches embody the dream of a “new” world and paint an idyllic landscape beyond the realities of indigenous peoples and modern urban life, as well as the expanding industrial uses of nature.