J. E. H. MacDonald Notecard Folio
Ten 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 2 designs) with envelopes in a decorative folio
Published with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Born in Durham, England, J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932) emigrated to Canada in 1887 with his English mother and Canadian father. He studied at the Hamilton Art School and the Central Ontario School of Art and Design, in Toronto, Ontario, and then worked at the noted Toronto design firm Grip Ltd. until 1911, when Lawren S. Harris encouraged him to try painting full-time.
MacDonald, Harris, and a handful of other Canadian artists came to be known as the Group of Seven. Collectively these like-minded artists agreed: Canada’s rugged wilderness regions needed to be recorded in a distinctive painting style. This style would break from European tradition and reflect an increasingly nationalistic sentiment. Today, these men are among Canada’s most famous artists. For many, their works have come to symbolize what is the distinctly Canadian identity. Among MacDonald’s most accomplished works are landscapes of the wild and scenic Algoma, Ontario, region.
The two MacDonald images reproduced in this folio of notecards are from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. Renowned for its devotion to collecting and exhibiting only Canadian art, the McMichael holds a permanent collection consisting of almost six thousand artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Inuit, and other artists who have made a contribution to Canada’s artistic heritage.
Contains 5 each of the following images:
Forest Wilderness, 1921
Algoma Waterfall, 1920