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Is This Landscape Your Landscape?

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Introduction

Lawren Harris: Winter Woods, Algonquin Park

Kim Ondaatje: Inco Slag Train

Pudlo Pudlat: Arctic Scene with Hunter in Background

Canadians have always been aware of the environment around them, and landscape has been an important theme in Canadian art. Images of the landscape have not always looked the same, however. Over time, the landscape art of Canada has shown changes not only in the land itself but also in perception, in ways of seeing. A painting tells as much about painters and their times as it does about the places painted. Landscape paintings and drawings are historical records of feeling and attitude as well as of places.

It would be with the art work of the Group of Seven that a landscape style would become identified as "Canadian." The Group of Seven is tied closely to landscape tradition in Canada. This group of artists tried to create a style of their own, one that was not dependent on European influences. For their inspiration, they tried to respond to the Canadian landscape more directly. For the first time, they created an art that provided Canada with a distinct national image. But is this landscape they represented truly a symbol of Canada? Is this landscape your landscape? The other two paintings in this module offer alternative visions of the Canadian land. In her work, Kim Ondaatje is very much interested in painting the reality of the industrial Ontario landscape. Inco Slag Train is one result of her efforts. And Pudlo Pudlat, an Inuit artist, records the changing landscape of the North.


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