In 1920, Lawren S. Harris, J. E. H. MacDonald, A. Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Franklin Carmichael, F. H. Varley, and Frank Johnston officially formed the Group of Seven when they exhibited together for the first time at the Art Gallery of Toronto (later renamed the Art Gallery of Ontario). It was a historic exhibition, followed by a succession of sometimes controversial shows through the decade and the first retrospective exhibition of the Group in 1936.
The Group of Seven has had an enduring legacy. These artists fundamentally believed and advocated that art should permeate all aspects of our lives. Indeed, the Group encouraged and nurtured younger artists, fostered regional art movements, initiated and developed local art collections and galleries, and advanced art education and the other arts. Their unique vision and iconic style continue to inspire and engage our collective imagination.