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The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
by Ross King
- Language: english
- Format: hardcover, 528 pages
- ISBN: 9781553653622 (1553653629)
- Publisher: Douglas McIntyre
- Release date: August 20, 2010
- Awards: Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award Nominee (2011), Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Nominee (2010)
- Author: Ross King
- Genres: art, biography, history, canada
About The Book
Beginning in 1912, Defiant Spirits traces the artistic development of Tom Thomson and the future members of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A. Y. Jackson, Franz Johnston, Arthur Lismer, J. E. H. MacDonald, and Frederick Varley, over a dozen years in Canadian history. Working in an eclectic and sometimes controversial blend of modernist styles, they produced what an English critic celebrated in the 1920s as the “most vital group of paintings” of the 20th century.
A Governor General’s Award-winning author, Ross King, recounts the turbulent years during which a group of young Canadian painters went from obscurity to international renown. Sumptuously illustrated, rigorously researched and drawn from archival documents and letters, Defiant Spirits constitutes a “group biography,” reconstructing the men’s aspirations, frustrations and achievements. It details not only the lives of Tom Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven but also the political and social history of Canada during a time when art exhibitions were venues for debates about Canadian national identity and cultural worth.
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