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James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 146

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

Rock and Cherry Trees, Sturgeon Bay
oil on board
initialed and dated September 4, 1931 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "Georgian Bay near Pt. au Baril"
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 in  21.6 x 26.7cm

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
Private Collection, Manitoba

Within the Group of Seven, J.E.H. MacDonald was a champion of their principles he was an eloquent spokesman and led their early battles against unfavourable critics. He was also a leading graphic designer, a teacher, a poet and a calligrapher. The location of this vivacious oil sketch is pinpointed on verso as Pointe au Baril, on Georgian Bay. Georgian Bay was a destination for many Group members, and MacDonald first traveled there as early as 1909. In 1911 he was invited to the cottage of Dr. James MacCallum, a Group benefactor, at Go Home Bay. For many years he visited MacCallum, and in 1915 he painted decorations for the cottage. The year this work was produced, 1931, marked his last trip to this painting place. Rock and Cherry Trees, Sturgeon Bay captures the fresh atmosphere and open vistas of the area, with its bright blue sky and cumulus clouds rolling over the horizon. There is something delightfully companiable about the wild cherry in glowing autumn colours next to the tree most characteristic of the Georgian Bay area - the windblown pine, an iconic symbol for the Group.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $43,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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