“The Tangled Garden” by J.E.H. MacDonald

  • The Tangled Garden by J.E.H. MacDonald

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2006
Located on site at Coldwell Banker
Sponsored by: Coldwell Banker, Kelly Hollinshead's Shutterbug Gallery and The Huntsville BIA

This painting, created by MacDonald in his own backyard at his residence in Thornhill, was one of the most criticized in Canadian history. To attack J.E.H. MacDonald and the Group of Seven, critics referred to this work as the innards of a drunkards stomach. The works that the Group were painting were of a new style and reflected a major change in the world of art; the stylized drawing and the strong colours often offended the status quo. 

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  • Address 32 Main St E, Huntsville ON
  • Category J.E.H. MacDonald
  • Location Huntsville

Artist Name : J.E.H. MacDonald

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J.E.H. MacDonald (1873-1932) was born in Durham, England and in 1887 emigrated to Canada, his father's homeland. They settled in Hamilton where he studied art. MacDonald eventually became the art director at a Toronto graphic design house, where in years to come most of the future Group of Seven members were working beneath him. It is MacDonald whom had the vision of a Canadian School of Art, and through his ideals and friends The Group of Seven would form. He was a close friend of Tom Thomson, and it was MacDonald that encouraged him to paint. MacDonald also travelled extensively throughout the country painting locations from Quebec to the Rocky Mountains.

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