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In the Footsteps of the Group of Seven
Paperback
By (author): Jim Waddington By (author): Sue Waddington Introduction by: Tom Smart
9780864928917 Paperback, Trade English General Trade ART / Canadian Jun 21, 2016
$45.00 CAD
Active 9 x 9 x 0.88 in | 1134 gr 256 pages 1 black and white painting/sketch, 75 colour paintings/sketches, 74 colour photo Goose Lane Editions and the Art Gallery of Sudbury Goose Lane Editions
A century ago, a group of artists travelled into northern Ontario and farther afield to capture the raw, terrible beauty that lay just beyond the outskirts of Canada's cities and towns. Armed with sketchbooks, brushes, and paint boxes, they set off into the heart of the wilderness with the singular purpose of interpreting the landscape in a modern mode of artistic expression.

In July 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington set off on their own expedition to discover the places that inspired these artists. Determined to locate, document, and photograph the actual landscapes that inspired A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley, the Waddingtons began a thirty-six-year journey — tracking down clues, deciphering bits of information, tracing ancient portage routes, and exploring hidden inlets — all with the purpose of finding the very spots that gave birth to the work of the Group of Seven.

The result was an amazing story of discovery. In this paper-bound edition of their bestselling book, in which original paintings are paired with contemporary photographs of the locations where the original works were created, Jim and Sue Waddington invite their readers to come face to face with the elusive muses that enlightened and enriched this renowned group of artists.

While on a canoe trip in 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington located the place that was the inspiration for one of A.Y. Jackson’s paintings. This marked the beginning of their quest to find more of the special places chosen by the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Their search began in Killarney Provincial Park, but they followed the painters throughout Ontario, to the east and west coasts of Canada, to the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and, most recently, to Nunavut. They have learned about the painters’ habits and their techniques. Sue is an artist — a traditional rug hooker. Her rug-hooking designs have won awards in the Burlington Art Centre and from the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. Jim is the photographer with no awards but plenty of rewards. They enjoy canoeing, camping, hiking, and the sport of orienteering. Although they have found some painting sites in cities and towns, they particularly enjoy the search for those sites that may be reached only by canoe or by foot.

Tom Smart is an author, curator, columnist, and special advisor to art galleries and museums. He is especially noted for his award-winning biographies, catalogues, and books on Canadian artists, including Miller Brittain, Jack Chambers, Alex Colville, Tom Forrestall, John Hooper, Christopher Pratt, Mary Pratt, and Fred Ross.

"[A] love note and a thank you letter to the Group of Seven and a travelogue for our spectacular Canadian wilderness. . . . I would like to raise my glass to Jim and Sue Waddington for their dogged determination, their beautiful photographs and their passion for both the Group of Seven and Canada's native landscapes." - Joanne Fallowfield, Newsletter of the North American Native Plant Society

"Fans will drool over the stunning comparisons of paintings with photos of the real-life counterparts." - Canadian Living

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