Artwork by Doris Jean McCarthy,  Kitchen of the Knothole

Doris McCarthy
Kitchen of the Knothole

oil on board
signed lower right; signed, titled, dated 1959 and inscribed “590804” on the reverse; inscribed “Painting recording original condition of Knothole Kitchen” on a note affixed to the reverse (the note completed by the artist on August 24, 2001)
16 x 12 ins ( 40.6 x 30.5 cms )

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

Price Realized $2,832.00
Sale date: November 19th 2019

Acquired directly from the artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ottawa
The Knothole was a beloved cottage on Georgian Bay where McCarthy would frequent to paint the rugged landscape and beautiful surroundings. A simple rustic cottage with few contemporary comforts, no running water or plumbing, the Knothole was a perfect place for the artist to retreat without the interruptions of upkeep; it afforded McCarthy the opportunity to focus solely on her works.

The charming interior subject of this painting captures the hub of activity central to the cottage. The black stove pipe of the wood burning stove cuts through the right side of the composition, nestled between the tabletop and counter opposites, brimming with dishware. Angular and geometric, the all over blue and teal tonality of the interior creates a lovely energy to the room, punctuated by bright orange fruits stacked in a bowl in the centre of the table. An inviting scene, McCarthy gives an intimate glimpse into the humble abode she so cherished.

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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.