McMichael Canadian Art Collection : Michelin's recommendations
Housed in log and fieldstone buildings among the wooded hills of the Humber Valley, this gallery features one of the largest displays in existence of paintings by the first truly Canadian school-the Group of Seven. The gallery also owns a sizable collection of contemporary First Nations and Inuit art. Eight Canadian painters are credited with forging a uniquely Canadian art by painting, in a revolutionary way, the colours and landscapes of the country's wilds. Though pioneer Tom Thomson (1877-1917) died before the group was formed, his influence was substantial. The original members were Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley and Frank Johnston. In 1952 Robert and Signe McMichael bought land in rural Kleinburg, decorating their home with Group of Seven paintings. In 1965 they donated their famed collection and property to the province of Ontario. Subsequent gifts by such individuals as R.S. McLaughlin have enlarged the collection. The ground level is devoted largely to the group's precursor, Tom Thomson; to A.Y. Jackson, "grand old man of Canadian art"; and to Lawren Harris, the "soul" of the group and a prime leader in Canadian art for decades. Examples by artists influenced by the seven, notably Clarence Gagnon, Emily Carr and David Milne, are also displayed. On exhibit upstairs are fine works by contemporary Native artists such as Clifford Maracle, Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig and Arthur Shilling. There are excellent samples of Inuit art as well, principally stone carvings and lithographs.
- Address : 10365 Islington Ave CDN - Kleinburg L0J 1C0L0J 1C0Kleinburg
- Phone : 9058931121
- Website : http://www.mcmichael.com
- Prices : free of charge