Edward MacDonald, R.C.A., O.I.P.
(1889-1971) grew up in Point
Anne, Ontario, east of Belleville on a farm. His earliest images were
of the land, the water, and animals on that farm. This creativity
developed, at an early age, and was encouraged by teachers and family,
producing a seasoned oil painter before any formal classes began.
His free, loose, and semi-impressionistic style is filled with rural
scenes of mills and farms with livestock as well as rivers and lakes
on which boats float and dock, in the Group of Seven genre. MacDonald
was also an excellent portrait painter.
Manly MacDonald, began his formal training at the Albright Art School
in Buffalo, New York, in 1910, followed by two years at the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts. In 1914 he returned to Canada and attended the
Ontario College of Art, which would have a profound impact on his
life and painting. A Royal Canadian Travelling Scholarship took him
and his new bride Beverly to Europe, sketching and painting war sites
in 1920. This led, to a commission by the Canadian Federal government
to paint scenes of women working in the fields, gathering food for
a nation at the end of the Great War. That same year he was elected
a member of the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA), and an Associate
Member of the Royal Canadian Academy (ARCA). In 1951 he resigned from
OSA, after thirty years as a member, in protest over that society's
emphasis on what MacDonald called "Modern art". He was a
founding member of the Ontario Institute of Painters (OIP) in 1958,
and taught at the Ontario College of Art from 1946 to the mid-60's.
Libby Fine Art has just released another in our Retrospective
Booklet Series, our latest is entitled "Manly MacDonald, Interpreter
of Old Ontario." Please contact the gallery for more details.