Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
DORIS JEAN MCCARTHY, O.S.A., R.C.A.
Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, ON;
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
“Grise Fiord in Winter” was painted in the later part of McCarthy’s career following her 40-year teaching tenure from 1932-1972. McCarthy found excitement in her retirement, knowing that it was her last chance to travel and be a full-time artist. On July 5, 1972, during the summer of her retirement, McCarthy embarked on a trip to the Arctic and briefly visited Canada’s most northern settlement, Grise Fiord. She was invited back to Grise Fiord in the winter of 1976, following the death of her two beloved friends Marjorie Wood and Pearl McGinnis (Ginty). McCarthy found comfort in the Arctic icebergs during this time, describing her second flight to Grise Fiord as passing “over half a dozen captive icebergs scattered out in the bay in front of the village. To me as a painter, these were riches…”
Grise Fiord seemed to be a sacred place for McCarthy, as her two visits occurred during transitional periods of her life: a rebirth in the Spring of 1972 and a time of loss and healing in the deep winter trip of 1976. Artist Stuart Reid writes about McCarthy’s icebergs as her acknowledgement of “our ongoing battle to freeze time and to have power over the constantly shifting world.”
This painting was purchased at an exhibition the year it was painted and has been housed in a single-family collection ever since.
Doris McCarthy, The Good Wine: An Artist Comes of Age (Macfarlane Walter & Ross,
William Moore and Stuart Reid , Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy (The McMichael Canadian Art Collection: Kleinburg, Ontario, 1999), 223.
Very good condition. Please contact the specialist for further condition information.
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