Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven Trailer
This map highlights the locations where the Group of Seven painted in their formative years a century ago. This geography and time frame defined the parameters of our research and our fieldwork with our partner, art historian, Michael Burtch. By canoe, on foot, via train we have travelled together across northern Ontario discovering the exact locations where these iconic landscape sketches and paintings were made. When we are there in the same season, same time of day with the same light and the same weather, Gary is able to capture on film images that quite closely match their landscape paintings. It is as if we are canoeing with A.Y.Jackson across the river, following Lawren Harris up a cliff, sitting next to J.E.H. MacDonald as he dabs autumn colour on a canvas. It’s a haunting, exciting phenomenal experience that grows ever more fascinating with each passing year.