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LOT 023

Doris Jean McCarthy
1910 - 2010

Iceberg with Northern Lights
oil on canvas, 2001
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "010630"
36 x 48 in 91.4 x 121.9 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Sold for: $58,250

Preview at:

Mountain Galleries, Whistler, British Columbia
Private Collection, Toronto

Doris McCarthy, The Good Wine, 1991, page 151
Nancy Campbell, Doris McCarthy: Roughing It in the Bush, Doris McCarthy Gallery, 2010, photograph of the artist reproduced on the cover

During her 42-year career as an art teacher, what Doris McCarthy may have lacked in monetary returns never deterred her from her far-flung travels within and beyond Canada during summer breaks and well-earned sabbaticals. But it was not until retirement from teaching in 1972 that she began her annual trips to the Arctic. Pond Inlet was often her base but she explored numerous sites in and around Baffin Island. A photograph of McCarthy adorns the cover of Nancy Campbell’s 2010 monograph, Doris McCarthy: Roughing It in the Bush. While the book and accompanying exhibition celebrated McCarthy’s 100th birthday, the image of her sitting on a vast expanse of ice - her paintbox open, a brush in her hand – speaks volumes about her singular devotion to the wonders of the Canadian North. Her writing about the Arctic confirms her excitement, such as when she described pressure ice: “All along the shore is a tumult of ice forms, an invitation to creative design.” Iceberg with Northern Lights is a glowing example of her passionate response to the arctic landscape.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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