Eastern group of painters


Founded as a collective in Montreal, Quebec in 1938 by artists, its purpose was the promotion of painting primarily for aesthetic reasons---art for art's sake. It was a reaction against a perceived prevalent assertion that art should be to promote nationalism. It was also a reaction against the publicity dominance of the Group of Seven. Eastern Group members included Alexander Bercovitch, Eric Goldberg, Jor Smith and John Lyman. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Group_of_Painters