Untitled Landscape and River Manly MacDonald

Oil On Canvas
12 × 16 inches
30.5 × 40.6 cm
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A winding dark blue winter river, the banks lined with snow and red-brown and gold forest, follows a zig zag composition up through the picture plane towards atmospheric background of blue hills in this intimate oil painting on canvas. Manly MacDonald was known for his paintings of the rural life and landscapes of Ontario. He studied at the Central Ontario School of Art and Industrial Design (Ontario College of Art), the Albright School of Art in Buffalo and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1917 he received a scholarship from the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts allowing him to travel and paint through Europe at the end of World War I. By 1922, MacDonald was painting full time. He exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1938 and the New York World's Fair in 1939. He completed two large winter murals for the Toronto Granite Club. MacDonald taught at the Royal Canadian Academy, Toronto and the Ontario College of Art (& Design) from 1943 to 1944. Over four decades, MacDonald's work was included with other prominent artists in the Coutts and then Coutts-Hallmark Canadian Christmas Card Series. MacDonald's work is included in major galleries across Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian War Museum. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II owns two of his paintings in the Royal Collection Enterprises.

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