Lot # 144
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
ALC CGP G7 OSA RCA 1873 - 1932 Canadian

Misty Morning, Mongoose Lake
oil on board 1919 ~ 1920
initialed and on verso signed, titled variously, dated 1919 or 1920 on a label, inscribed "Collection Mrs. A. Crawford Kenney, Toronto" and certified by Thoreau MacDonald
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Provenance:
A. Crawford Kenney, Toronto
Private Collection

This vibrant, energetic work comes either from the second Algoma boxcar trip J.E.H. MacDonald took with Lawren Harris, Frank Johnston and A.Y. Jackson in the fall of 1919, or from the fall trip they took the following year to the same region, when they rented a cottage at Mongoose Lake. MacDonald was enraptured with the scenery of Algoma, loving it just as much on the second trip as the first, as revealed when he wrote to his wife in mid-September, “Glad to find the old impression of the country pleasantly renewed.” Paul Duval writes, “In MacDonald’s small, on-the-spot oil sketches created during his three trips, we already find the astonishing impact Algoma had upon him as an artist. Precisely observed and brilliantly drawn with a free, loaded brush, these little panels reveal a new creative confidence and technical assurance…..MacDonald seems to have been on top of his Algoma material from the beginning.” The richness of Algoma’s colour, exemplified in this charming work, and the opulence of pattern and form to choose from, appealed to him from every hillside and shoreline.

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