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Night Time Mountain Range Inspired by Doris McCarthy

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Doris McCarthy was born on July 7th, 1910 in Calgary and moved to Toronto in 1913. She is a landscape artist best known for her depictions of Arctic icebergs. McCarthy attended the Ontario College of Art from 1926 to 1930. Among her teachers were members of the Group of Seven: Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and Lawren Harris.  She was inspired by their approach to painting, to go out into nature and paint from real life or “en plein air.”

After she retired she travelled to every province in Canada, painting and camping.  From the Hoodoo’s in Alberta to friendly fishing towns in the east.  She travelled to the Arctic many times, even at 94.  To see icebergs, McCarthy would travel by dogsled and set up her easel and paints in the snow.

She bought a property dubbed “Fools Paradise” along the Scarborough Bluffs in 1939 which over time, she built into her dream home and art studio.

In 1989, at the age 79, she graduated from the University of Toronto at Scarborough with a BA in English. McCarthy died November 25th, 2010 when she was 100 years old.

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Doris McCarthy – Icebergs

 “The real function of the artist is to give fresh vision to their own generation.”

-Doris McCarthy

We embraced the cold this week by staying in our warm classrooms and learning about the Canadian artist Doris McCarthy.  She studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Some of her teachers were members of the Group of Seven: Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and Lawren Harris.

Doris McCarthy was the first female president of the Ontario Society of Artists and she travelled the world to photograph and sketch. During her career she explored abstract and surreal painting, as well as other new concepts in painting. We focussed on her Arctic Iceberg series and learned how she would travel by dogsled to paint ‘en plein air’ in the frigid weather.

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