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May 7 Oct 23 '22
At first glance, landscape paintings tend to conduct themselves as transparent historical documents, showing us a clear image of the environments upon which our contemporary lives were built.

However, in Canada, landscapes are often illustrated through particular aesthetic approaches. For instance, the Group of Seven painters were unabashed nationalists, attempting to capture the essence of the Canadian spirit by depicting the country’s wilderness landscape in the bright colours that infused it with meaning. Similarly, Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963) demonstrated his close ties to nature by depicting broad views of the western Canadian landscape. Rather than striving for detailed accuracy, Phillips was more concerned with the general aesthetic forms and colours of the natural terrain, with the goal of demonstrating the emotions they evoked.

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