Canadian Fine Art
May 29 — June 03, 2021
Auction begins to close at 8:00 pm ET
JAMES EDWARD HERVEY MACDONALD, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Roberts Gallery Limited, Toronto, ON
Private Collection, Ontario
The year 1913 was a seminal one for J.E.H. MacDonald and the Group of Seven. MacDonald invited A.Y. Jackson to Toronto, who arrived in the spring of that year. The Studio Building was freshly opened and would become the Group’s meeting place. MacDonald and Lawren Harris also saw a Scandanvian art exhibition at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., which re-energized and inspired them as Canadian landscape painters. In late September, the two went on a trip to the Laurentians. They stayed at Hotel Daoust, in St. Jovite, north of Montréal. MacDonald was very taken with the new scenery, so much so that he scoped out places for a future cottage property.
Of the Laurentians he remarked that “the colouring is very fine. The trees are well turned, and I have never seen such brilliance of colour or such masses of it… I wish we could live in these Laurentians for a few months. They are full of the most inspiring motifs for an artist….”1 Unfortunately he did not spend as much time as he would have liked in the region, so few canvases exist. In this sketch, the rich ochres of the autumn trees and ground cover are paired with the cool tones of the mountains as they recede into the background. Here MacDonald succeeds in capturing nature’s palette that so inspired him.
1Paul Duval, The Tangled Garden: The Art of J.E.H. MacDonald, Cerebrus/Prentice-Hall, Scarborough, Ontario, 1978
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