Dr. Ross King to examine impact of WWI on the Group of Seven

Media Advisory Release Date: October 10, 2014 10:30 a.m.

Members of the media are invited to attend a lecture entitled Brushes with Death: The Great War and the Group of Seven. This is the second of four lectures planned this fall as part of the series ‘1914: A Turning Point in History and Culture – Centenary Reflections at the University of Regina.’

A group of young painters, who first exhibited as the Group of Seven in 1920, formed a school of painting dedicated to capturing what they saw as the savage beauty of the Canadian landscape. When Great War began, one of the painters, J.E.H. MacDonald, prophesied that his friends and fellow artists would soon return from the battlefields of Europe to finish the job they had begun.

This lecture by Dr. Ross King will examine how their varied experience of war allowed the painters to interpret the Canadian landscape with a ‘deeper insight’ and how images of the Western Front continued to ‘haunt their paintings’.

The lecture will take place:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
7:00 p.m.

MacKenzie Art Gallery
3475 Albert Street, Regina
The lecture is sponsored by the Faculty of Fine Arts, along with the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Humanities Research Institute, the Dr. John Archer Library, the Faculty of Arts and the Department of History. For more information, contact Ian Germani (Department of History) at ian.germani@uregina.ca or call 306-585-4213.


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