Monday, 12 May 2014

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - J E H MACDONALD, GROUP OF SEVEN - MINI MASTER - ARTHUR'S LAKE - DPW PICK


ARTHUR'S LAKE
PROFESSIONAL ACRYLIC ORIGINAL 
PAINTING BY SEA DEAN
4" x 4" on Canvas Panel

Homage to J.E.H. MacDonald on his birthday. 

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J.E.H. MACDONALD

James Edward Hervey MacDonald was born in Durham, England May 12, 1873. In 1887 at the age of 14, MacDonald moved with his family to Hamilton, Ontario. Two years later, in 1889 they moved again to Toronto where he studied commercial art and became active in the Toronto Art Student League.

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LAKE McARTHUR YOHO PARK - J.E.H. MacDonald *
JEH MacDonald.jpgIn November 1911, MacDonald exhibited sketches at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. This was an important step as the exhibit brought him to the attention of Lawren Harris, who encouraged MacDonald to keep painting and show his work whenever he could. MacDonald became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and won acclaim in 1912 for his role in an exhibition at the Ontario Society of Artists.

In January 1913 he traveled to Buffalo, New York, where he saw an exhibition of Scandinavian Impressionist paintings which demonstrated an uninhibited approach that could be adopted by Canadian painters. Other Toronto-based commercial artists interested in original Canadian expression, were beginning to congregate around him and Harris. As such he became one of the leaders of the Group of Seven Canadian artists.

He passed away on November 26, 1932. Wikepedia


THE GROUP OF SEVEN
The Group of Seven — sometimes known as the Algonquin school — was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933, originally consisting of
Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945),
Lawren Harris (1885–1970),
A. Y. Jackson (1882–1972),
Frank Johnston (1888–1949),
Arthur Lismer (1885–1969),
J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932), and
Frederick Varley (1881–1969). Later,
A. J. Casson (1898–1992) was invited to join in 1926;
Edwin Holgate (1892–1977) became a member in 1930; and
LeMoine Fitzgerald (1890–1956) joined in 1932.
Two artists commonly associated with the group are

Tom Thomson (1877–1917) and
 (1871–1945). Although he died before its official formation, Thomson had a significant influence on the group. In his essay "The Story of the Group of Seven", Lawren Harris wrote that Thomson was "a part of the movement before we pinned a label on it"; Thomson's paintings "The West Wind" and "The Jack Pine" are two of the group's most iconic pieces.

Emily Carr was also closely associated with the Group of Seven, though was never an official member.
Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, The Group of Seven is most famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement. The Group was succeeded by the Canadian Group of Painters in the 1930s, which did include female members.


14091 Arthur's Lake, Homage to JEH MacDonald by Sea Dean

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