HENRIETTA MABEL MAY, A.R.C.A.
SILVER LAKE, 1934
oil on panel
signed; titled and dated on the reverse
11 ins x 14 ins; 27.9 cms x 35.6 cms
Executed in 1934, just a year after the founding of the Canadian Group of Painters, Mabel May's landscape of a still lake is decidedly of a Canadian style. At this point in her career, the artist had decades of experience painting landscapes in the wilderness around her cottage in Hudson, PQ. She had also been a founding member of the Beaver Hall Group of painters who would sketch out in the forests of Quebec. The treatment of the water here flatly reflects the grey skies and shows her experienced eye as the composition around the water draws the viewer right to the end of the sightline where it meets a hazy horizon of blue-green trees.
Private Collection, Ontario