LOT 154

1873 - 1932

Algonquin Park
oil on board
on verso signed, titled, dated 1914 on a label, inscribed variously, certified by Thoreau MacDonald and monogrammed twice with the artist's initials
8 x 10 in, 20.3 x 25.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

Sold for: $18,750

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. A. Crawford Kenny, Toronto
Bequeathed to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Bruce Whiteman, J.E.H MacDonald, 1995, page 29

This exquisite sketch of Algonquin Park was produced at a crucial moment in J.E.H. MacDonald’s creative life, and in the development of modern painting in Canada. In 1911, Lawren Harris’s enthusiastic reception of MacDonald’s exhibition of small oil sketches encouraged him to quit his full-time employment as a commercial artist. Taking only freelance work, he now had more time in which to paint. A critical event then came in early 1913, when he and Harris viewed a major exhibition of contemporary Scandinavian landscape painting at the Albright Art Gallery, in Buffalo. As MacDonald said succinctly in a lecture given at the Art Gallery of Toronto in 1931, the exhibition solidified the artists’ nascent feeling, “This is what we want to do with Canada.” The pair traveled to Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains later that year to continue their artistic quest. Then, in the spring of 1914, less than two years after friend Tom Thomson’s first journeys there, MacDonald traveled to Algonquin Park with A.Y. Jackson and J.W. Beatty, to further engage with a movement that would forever alter painting in Canada.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

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