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J.E.H. MacDonald

Born in Durham, England, J.E.H. MacDonald 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. MacDonald worked at Grip Ltd. from 1895 to 1911, when Lawren Harris persuaded him to start painting full time. In 1922, MacDonald accepted a full-time teaching position at the Ontario College of Art.

J.E.H. MacDonald
(1873–1932)

His fellow artists described him as a quiet redhead of frail stature, with the dreamy air of a poet and philosopher – a “romantic.” On sketching trips, when MacDonald was not drawing, he was forever engrossed in a book. Among MacDonald’s most accomplished works are rugged landscapes of the Algoma, Ontario, region. MacDonald was also a writer – a volume of his poetry, West by East, was published posthumously.

J.E.H. MacDonald (1873–1932), Goat Range, Rocky Mountains, 1932, oil on canvas, 53.8 x 66.2 cm, Gift of the Founders, Robert and Signe McMichael, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1979.35

EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW

“A Like Vision”:
The Group of Seven at 100

January 25, 2020 - November 14, 2021

Tom Thomson

February 8, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth

October 24, 2020 - April 25, 2021

Early Days: Indigenous Art at the McMichael

November 28, 2020 - May 30, 2021