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LOT 024

Doris Jean McCarthy
1910 - 2010

Arctic Bay, NWT
oil on canvas, 1974
signed and on verso titled on the Ontario Society of Artists label and inscribed "740903 / K3469 / L7605"
36 x 48 in 91.4 x 121.9 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $17,500

Preview at:

Private Collection

Doris McCarthy, Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1999, page 178

Ontario Society of Artists, Toronto

Doris McCarthy’s work was influenced by the work of the Group of Seven – as a teenager she visited Lawren Harris in his studio, and his simplification of form impressed her. Another formative influence was her father, George McCarthy, an early conservationist, who instilled in her a love of nature and the outdoors. McCarthy’s first visit to the Arctic was in 1972, and she was thrilled by this landscape. In 1974, the year this work was produced, she returned, painting at Resolute Bay, Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay. Her work there was notable for capturing the clear light of the Far North and for her use of strong, sculpted forms. This small settlement of Arctic Bay has a stunning view of a pure, untouched landscape stretching into the far distance, its snow-covered icebergs and mountains depicted using layers of angular planes. Globe and Mail art critic John Bentley Mays wrote that each of McCarthy’s northern landscapes was “a visible document of Miss McCarthy’s inward apprehension of what it is to stand on the very edge of the world,” and in Arctic Bay, NWT, she makes us feel that sense of wonder.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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