Details: The painters who would become the Group of Seven shared a love of Canada's backcountry and impatience with its conservative art establishment. Impelled by the spirit of outdoorsman and artist Tom Thomson, they painted in an aggressively impressionistic style,and in time, effectively established a point of departure for modern Canadian art. These 12 paintings are from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. & In 1920 a small community of Canadian artists officially became the Group of Seven. The catalog from their first exhibition stated: "The seven artists whose pictures are here exhibited . . . are all imbued with the idea that an Art most grow and flower in the land before the country will be a real home for its people." As the Group extended its membership and influence, a national art indeed did bloom, reflecting in stunning images the beauty and grandeur of the Canadian landscape—12 of which are reproduced here.