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