Artwork by Doris Jean McCarthy,  Murray Bay from Above, 1947

Doris McCarthy
Murray Bay from Above, 1947

oil on split panel
signed lower right
11.5 x 13.5 ins ( 29.2 x 34.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $4,000.00$3,000.00 - $4,000.00

Price Realized $3,540.00
Sale date: May 28th 2019

Private Collection, Ontario
The scene depicts a Saint Lawrence village from La Malbaie (formerly Murray Bay), Quebec. This work has been executed with an interesting aerial vantage point with an assortment of layered tight densely packed structures rendered in a bright palette of corals, taupe, bright greens and blues.

Doris McCarthy viewed this artwork in 1995 and recalled that the work was painted on July 16th, 1947, “on a painting trip where I stayed at Cap à l’Aigle with the Haworths.”

This artwork includes a copy of the note in which McCarthy provided the previous owner with the above details.

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Doris Jean McCarthy
(1910 - 2010) RCA, OSA

Born in Calgary, Alberta, McCarthy attended the Ontario College of Art from 1926–1930 where she was awarded various scholarships and prizes. She became a teacher shortly thereafter and taught most frequently at Central Technical School in downtown Toronto from 1932 until she retired in 1972. She spent most of her life living and working in Scarborough, Ontario though she travelled abroad extensively and painted the landscapes of various countries including: Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, England and Ireland. McCarthy was probably best-known for her Canadian landscapes and her depictions of Arctic icebergs.

McCarthy's work has been exhibited and collected extensively in Canada and abroad, in both public and private art galleries including: The National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, and The Doris McCarthy Art Gallery. McCarthy also penned three autobiographies chronicling the various stages of her life: A Fool in Paradise (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1990), The Good Wine (Toronto: MacFarlane, Walter & Ross, 1991), and Ninety Years Wise (Toronto: Second Story Press, 2004). She was also the recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada; honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Alberta, and Nipissing University; and an honorary fellowship from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She died on November 25, 2010.