Revolutionizing Canadian Art

1920 - 1933

The Group of Seven was a collective of hugely influential artists whose bright colours and simple forms explored Canada’s rugged landscapes. Active from 1920 to 1933, the group’s distinctive style represented a break from European tradition. Most members were either students, instructors or administrative staff at OCAD University when it was known as the Ontario College of Art.

Its members influenced the next generation of Canadian artists. Even today, many see the Group of Seven’s art as a symbol of our unique identity.

The Group of Seven at OCAD U »

The Canadian Encyclopedia: The Group of Seven »

Group of Seven member Arthur Lismer skipping rope with students, c. 1927. Courtesy OCAD U Archives.