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    A fascinating and highly entertaining look at one of the most important families of the Renaissance era--the Medici.
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Entries in Canadian Art (2)


F.H. Varley - The Group of Seven

F.H. Varley - Birth of Clouds, c. 1929 - oil on plywood - 30.2 x 38.2 cm - Purchased 1958 - National Gallery of Canada (no. 6947r) (click photo for larger image)F.H. Varley (1881-1969) was one of the founding members of a Canadian group of painters initially known as The Group of Seven. Unlike the other members of the group, Varley was interested in figural painting as well as in landscapes. He believed art to be a spiritual vocation.


Tom Thompson: A Mystery

Tom Thomson - Evening, Canoe Lake, winter 1915–1916 - oil on canvas - 41.3 x 51.5 cm - The Thomson Collection - Art Gallery of Ontario (click photo for larger image)The Group of Seven were Canadian landscape artists inspired by the wilderness paintings of Tom Thompson (1877-1917) who died under mysterious circumstances while on a trek in Ontario's Algonquin Park in 1917. Thompson’s body was found floating in Canoe Lake (the subject of this painting), but an autopsy showed an injury to the head and no evidence of water in his lungs. The artsts of the Group of Seven were strongly influenced by Post-Impressionism, creating bold, vividly-colored canvases, and infusing elements of the landscape with symbolic meaning.