Thursday, November 15, 2012
McMichael Gallery - Tom Thomson & Group of Seven, Double Take Portraits, Queen Elizabeth II Photos
We have already experienced many examples the art of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson from the permanent collections of the McMichael Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Ottawa. This dilutes the impact of seeing them together in one exhibition, despite the presence of new works from private collections that have not previously been publicly displayed. Having said that, I found the Tom Thomson piece called "The Pointers", which is owned by University of Toronto, Hart House, to be particularly breathtaking, with its rainbow of autumn colours reflected in the leaves, sky and water. It is one of the few paintings that include human forms, which provided an extra interest for me.
The exhibit called "Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians" sheds a new light on famous Canadian personalities by revealing an interesting but little known fact about them. While David Suzuki is renowned in his role as environmentalist, we learned that when he was young, he and his family, all 2nd and 3rd generation Canadians, were placed in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Glenn Gould used to hum along when he played the piano, making it difficult for him to record his records. Jacques Plante, known for inventing the hockey mask, enjoyed knitting. Jean Chrétien, shown giving a boy scout salute was ironically kicked out of the boy scouts for being unruly.