J. E. H. Macdonald: Decorative Panels Boxed Notecards
Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box.
Published with the National Gallery of Canada.
James Edward Hervey MacDonald (1873–1932) was born in England and emigrated with his family to Hamilton, Ontario, in his teens. Art studies in Ontario led him into commercial art and eventually to a senior position at the Toronto design firm Grip Ltd.
A naturalist and poet as well as an artist, MacDonald shared a passion for landscape painting with several colleagues at Grip, among them Franklin Carmichael, Frank Johnston, Arthur Lismer, Tom Thomson, and Frederick Varley. All of these talented artists would regularly explore northern Ontario’s backcountry on painting expeditions. Thomson died prematurely in 1917, but MacDonald and the others went on to found the famed Group of Seven, dedicating their work to recording Canada’s majestic landscape in a uniquely “Canadian” style diverging from European tradition. Today they are among the country’s most revered artists.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Oaks at Night / Chênes la nuit, 1915–1916
Autumn Poplar / Peupliers en automne, 1915–1916
Autumn Maple / Érables en automne, 1915–1916