Jan 14, 2015

By Andy Johnson

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A cache of ten paintings by Group of Seven founding member J.E.H. MacDonald has been discovered and donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery. The story behind how the paintings got to Vancouver is almost as fascinating as the paintings themselves. The paintings were buried for more than 40 years in the backyard of a house in Thornhill. They were then kept for another 40-years in the home of a Toronto art collector. Finally, the artworks, including sketches of some of MacDonald’s best known large-scale paintings, were found stored at the back of a basement. The oils in paperboard, include studies for Mist Fantasy, Northland; The Elements; and The Tangled Garden, which was inspired by the garden of the home where the works were buried. The paintings were done between 1910 and 1922 and will be on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the fall of this year.

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