Lot # 067
Spring 2013 - 1st Session Live auction

Doris Jean McCarthy
CSPWC OC OSA RCA 1910 - 2010 Canadian

Pangnirtung, Northwest Territories
oil on canvas
signed and on verso titled, dated 1984 on the gallery label and inscribed "84022"
40 x 54 in  101.6 x 137.1cm

Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Doris McCarthy, The Good Wine: An Artist Comes of Age, 1991, page 158

“Twice a day at Pangnirtung the tide came in, bringing with it a flotilla of ice floes that sailed up the fiord like a regatta of small bergs. As the tide ebbed, they went back to sea, their restless movement keeping me in a constant state of excitement.” Doris McCarthy’s words from the first of three memoirs remind us of her passion and commitment to the full-time artist’s life that she longed for and finally achieved, after retirement from a 40-year career as a memorable and beloved art teacher. Soon after that retirement in 1972, McCarthy headed out on the first of many painting trips to the Arctic, starting with Pond Inlet, only later recalling in her diary that it had been her sixty-second birthday the day she had a harrowing fall into a frozen creek. This fine 1984 scene of one of her favourite painting sites clearly demonstrates that nothing could stop McCarthy from continuing her explorations of the great Canadian landscape and the high Arctic.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $35,100 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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