In the Foot­steps of the Group of Seven

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

By Jim and Sue Wadding­ton Goose Lane/ Art Gallery of Sud­bury, $55 LONG be­fore recre­at­ing old pho­tos with con­tem­po­rary snap­shots be­came the rage, On­tar­i­ans Sue and Jim Wadding­ton de­cided to find the rough tracts of land­scape that had been im­mor­tal­ized by Tom Thom­son and the Group of Seven, start­ing in Kil­larney Pro­vin­cial Park, near Sud­bury, Ont. The idea was to pho­to­graph the pre­cise land­scapes the pain­ters fixed to can­vas in the early 1900s. That first snap­shot in 1977 at Nel­lie Lake — of the hills cap­tured in A.Y. Jack­son’s un­du­lat­ing, sculpted strokes — be­gan a 36-year ex­pe­di­tion across Canada, cul­mi­nat­ing in this beau­ti­fully ren­dered book of hun­dreds of re­pro­duc­tions and pho­tos. Side by side, the pho­tos and the paint­ings bring home the great­ness of the artists and the land. Evoca­tive Cana­di­ana, the book is a must this Christ­mas for the art lover in all pa­tri­ots.

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