Isabelle Gapp

Isabelle Gapp

University of York

2017 – 2018

Thanks to the Foundation Isabelle Gapp was able to visit Toronto in October 2017 . She was able to meet with Dennis Reid, the curator and art historian, who prior to his retirement, worked for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for nearly thirty years. Having had the chance to meet and discuss her work with one of the leading experts in Canadian art history, and who has curated a number of exhibitions on Tom Thomson among many others, was one of the highlights of her trip. She was able to ask Professor Reid some important questions regarding the position of the Group of Seven in Canada, and the wider, study of art history, but also to receive his feedback on her own research.

 

She also visited the vaults of the University of Toronto Art Collection with Heather Pigat, the Curatorial Manager who allowed her to view a number of the works by the Group of Seven.

 

Much of her time was spent in the AGO viewing the works of the Group of Seven which had an impact on her argument pertaining to her trans-atlantic study of Scandinavian and Canadian landscape painting as a whole.

 

This trip allowed her to gain greater insight into the Group of Seven’s techniques, style, colour

palette, and similarities (or differences) to their Scandinavian counterparts. Her findings will also be featured in a couple of planned conference papers next year.