Tom Thomson Catalogue Raisonné (forthcoming)
A catalogue of the work of Tom Thomson created by Murray through work begun in 1970 and continued through the following forty-plus years.
Horace Champagne (2013)
Celebration of one of Canada’s finest artists in the medium of pastel. Full exhibition history.
Laura Muntz Lyall: Impressions of Women and Childhood (2012)
In-depth look at artist’s life and work in which Murray captures the nuance and sophistication of the artist’s oeuvre. Full exhibition history.
A Treasury of Tom Thomson (2011)
Treasury of Thomson paintings accompanied by an insightful commentary on each work and an essay on the process of creating Thomson’s reputation as an artist by Lawren Harris and other friends of Thomson. Listing of works marked on the verso by members of the Group of Seven.
The Art of Florence Vale (2010)
Analysis of the career of an artist who cast herself as a Surrealist and was sometimes “X-rated.” Full exhibition history. Show at the Art Gallery of Peel in Brampton, 2013.
Michael Adamson Paintings (2008): Open Country (2008)
A fresh and imaginative interpretation of a series and paintings of contemporary painter Michael Adamson. Full exhibition history.
Rocks: Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, and the Group of Seven (2006)
One of Murray’s thematic series of art books based on the Group of Seven, including Trees, Flowers and Water. Concerning the set, the publisher quipped, “Trees, Flowers, Rocks, Water, who needs to know more about Canada?”
McMichael Canadian Art Collection: One Hundred Masterworks (2006)
Selection of one hundred “Masterworks” to celebrate the Fortieth Anniversary of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, accompanied by an essay on each and an essay on Robert and Signe McMichael.
Water: Lawren Harris and the Group of Seven (2004)
One of Murray’s thematic books on the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, including Trees, Flowers and Rocks.
Murray, Joan; Harris, Lawren (2003), Lawren Harris: An Introduction to His Life and Art, Firefly Books (2003)
Engrossing book in which Murray shows the remarkable distance travelled by Harris — from traditional representation to the abstraction. Exhibition history.
Flowers: J.E.H. MacDonald, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2002)
Focuses on the Group of Seven’s preference for gorgeous flower studies as well as full scale impressive paintings. One of a series which includes Trees: Tom Thomson, Water and Rocks.
Tom Thomson (member of the selection committee and author of the chronology, letters, and co-author of the cataloguing of the works) (2002)
Murray was one of eight experts to contribute material towards a new understanding of the work of Tom Thomson.
The Birth of the Modern: Post-Impressionism in Canadian Art, c. 1900-1920 (2001)
This book catalogue surveyed Canadian responses to Post-Impressionism and discussed vital links between Canadian art and modernism in both Europe and the United States.
Tom Thomson: Trees (1999)
One of Murray’s thematic books on the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, including Flowers, Water and Rocks. This book has been especially popular and gone into a second edition.
Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (1999)
A stylish and sure-footed survey of Canadian art as it moved through our century.
Tom Thomson: Design for a Canadian Hero (1998)
Biography of Tom Thomson investigating his beliefs and the origins of his works.
Home Truths: A Celebration of Family Life by Canada’s Best-Loved Painters (1997)
Engaging text affords an insight into 130 works of Canadian art to glimpse what it really means to be Canadian.
Confessions of a Curator: Adventures in Canadian Art (1996)
Witty and compelling defence of the art field in Canada.
Tom Thomson: The Last Spring (1994)
Here Murray focuses on a small selection of Thomson’s works and examines them in the light of Thomson’s biography and art history of the period.
Northern Lights: Masterpieces of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (1994)
Celebration of the Group of Seven with a selection of more than 125 works.
Murray, Joan; Harris, Lawren, The Best of the Group of Seven (1984)
Insightful introduction and selection of works by Murray of the best-known group in Canadian art. Also includes an essay by Lawren Harris which tells how the Group began. This book is on the “Golden List” of books on Canadian art in Canada.
The Best Contemporary Canadian Art (1987)
Murray selected one hundred “living and great” Canadian artists, as well as writing a thoughtful introductory essay and editing the artists’s entries re their most important works.
The Best of Tom Thomson (1986)
Murray is a special student of Tom Thomson, an artist Canadians regard as their “perfect hero.” In this respectful and loving tribute, she re-evaluates and celebrates Thomson’s development and intentions in a biographical account.
Daffodils in Winter: The Life and Letters of Pegi Nicol MacLeod (1984)
Publication of letters of the artist with an introductory essay placing her in her times and milieu in Canada.
The last buffalo: the story of Frederick Arthur Verner, painter of the Canadian West (1984)
Vivid and detailed account of the artist’s life against the background of his most important paintings. Full North American exhibition history.
Murray, Joan; Fulford, Robert (1983), The Beginnings of Vision: The Drawings of Lawren S. Harris, Douglas & McIntyre
Essay with Robert Fulford places Lawren Harris’s philosophical and artistic development in the perspective of the times within which he worked.
Kurelek, William; Murray, Joan; Gallery, Robert McLaughlin (1983), Kurelek’s vision of Canada, Hurtig
Biographical essay about William Kurelek’s landscape painting which illuminate what it means to be Canadian.
Letters home, 1859-1906: the letters of William Blair Bruce (1982)
Publication of letters of the artist with an introductory essay placing him in the context of his times and milieu in Canada, and abroad. Similar in format to Daffodils in Winter: The Life and Letters of Pegi Nicol Macleod. Exhibition history.
Taken in full, Joan Murray’s career as an art historian, critic and writer concerns a question of perennial interest to Canadians, that is, what it means to be Canadian.
Murray has also written major catalogues on Impressionism in Canada, as well as on the work of many artists as widely diverse as Ray Mead, Guido Molinari and Carl Beam, and on many women artists such as Isabel McLaughlin and Alexandra Luke.