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Defiant Spirits

December 2011

"King's book does an excellent job of exploring the roles of these visionary individuals in the shaping of an artistic cultural identity."

Publishers Weekly, Dec 2, 2011
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Defiant Spirits

October 2011

"King's writing is characterized by clarity, compassion, and humanist intelligence...The personal, political, and aesthetic obstacles they encountered are described here with sympathy, so that we feel we've actually met these individuals -- the goal of any good biography."

LIbrary Journal, Oct 31, 2011
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Defiant Spirits

July 2011

"Biographer and historian King traces the roots of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven back to 1912, when their exposure to the works of Cezanne, van Gogh and other European modernist artists combined with their love of the Canadian wilderness to create a new and totally Canadian style."

Globe & Mail, Jul 23, 2011
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Defiant Spirits

December 2010
"It’s to dispel the myth of [uncultured artists] that Ross King has risen to the challenge of writing yet another book on the gang. It is a real collective biography, focusing on the personalities of the painters, their influences and the swirling currents of nationalism, theosophy and Whitmanesque transcendentalism they were caught up in."
Toronto Star, Dec 2, 2010
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Defiant Spirits

December 2010

"In Defiant Spirits, King gets at much more than what the Group of Seven painted—he discloses who the men were and brings them to life."

Eye Weekly, Dec 1, 2010
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Defiant Spirits

November 2010

"Ross King’s collective look at the Group of Seven not only paints vivid portraits of the individual artists, but it reaffirms their place in Canadian cultural history and offers a clearer understanding of what it was like to persist in artistic activity."

Globe & Mail Top 100 for 2010, Nov 27, 2010
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Defiant Spirits

November 2010

"Although Canadian art is identified in the popular psyche with the Group of Seven, the attitude persists that the group’s work is somehow quaint…Ross King’s Defiant Spirits not only situates Tom Thompson, A.Y. Jackson, et al. in their historical contexts, it also conveys their emerging artistic sensibilities and their desire to create an authentic Canadian art, even in the face of institutional hostility."

Quill & Quire, Nov 23, 2010
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Defiant Spirits

November 2010

“If Ross King were a geologist, he’d have made millions striking untapped rivulets of gold or oil in overlooked places. Instead, as an art historian, he mines nuggets of obscure information that he forges into page-turners about Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Manet and, in this new book, the Group of Seven.”

Montreal Gazette, Nov 19, 2010
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Defiant Spirits

November 2010

“In his book, Defiant Spirits, author and art historian Ross King does argue that far from being woodsy ruralists the Group was more aethestically shaped by the explosion of modernist Impressionism in Europe, which included the work of Cézanne and Van Gogh...Defiant Spirits explores how the dynamic paintings of the Group revealed a group of divergent painters who flaunted convention and were driven to interpret the rugged landscape of their country.”

Critics at Large, Nov 8, 2010
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Defiant Spirits

October 2010

“King...has made nothing less than an historical reclamation project of the group, trying to exorcise the myth of idealized naturalists making art in a vacuum of Canadian shield wilderness.”

Toronto Star, Oct 16, 2010
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