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LOT 149

James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald
1873 - 1932

Pines, Algonquin Park
oil on panel, circa 1914
on verso signed, titled and inscribed "acquired from Thoreau MacDonald, Thornhill, Ont., May 1950. W. Colgate" and "Certified my father's work. Thoreau MacDonald. Nov. '51"
8 x 10 in 20.3 x 25.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Thoreau MacDonald
Acquired from the above by William Colgate, May 1950
Sold, Pinney's Auctions, September 26, 1989, lot C127
Private Collection, Montreal

Paul Duval, The Tangled Garden: The Art of J.E.H. MacDonald, 1978, page 83

J.E.H. MacDonald’s first trip to Algonquin Park was in 1914 with J.W. Beatty. They joined A.Y. Jackson, who had already been there for a month, and while there MacDonald produced numerous sketches. MacDonald was friends with artist Tom Thomson, who was famously associated with Algonquin Park, and MacDonald returned to the park in 1917 to assist with the memorial for Thomson, who had died under mysterious circumstances there that year. This is a classic Group of Seven subject – sun raking across snowdrifts in a forest – and MacDonald handled it with great skill and sensitivity. Among the Group members, MacDonald was known as a romantic dreamer and poet. His lines of poetry feel as though they directly apply to this fresh, on-the-spot sketch: “Sunshine and snow, - clear beauty without mar” and [shadows] “Netting with blue the rippled drifts below.”
A sketch by MacDonald with a similar subject entitled Snow, Algonquin Park is in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
It is likely that the former owner of this work, W. Colgate (also referred to in the inscription) is William Colgate, author of Canadian Art: Its Origin and Development, 1943.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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