EDWIN HEADLEY HOLGATE, R.C.A.
WINTER, MORIN HEIGHTS
oil on panel
signed with initials
8.5 ins x 10.5 ins; 21.6 cms x 26.7 cms
A central figure in the establishment of a Canadian tradition in painting after the First World War, Edwin Holgate (1892-1977) is remembered for his close association with the Group of Seven from 1929, and his earlier involvement with the foundation of the Beaver Hall Group.
While Holgate is linked with figurative work, especially female nudes, which sets him apart from his contemporaries, Holgate did paint Quebec scenes throughout his career, particularly Morin Heights north-west of Montreal. In 1946 Holgate sold his house in Montreal and moved to Morin Heights in the Laurentians where he lived until 1973 when, for health reasons, he moved back to Montreal.
As a group, Holgate’s Laurentian pictures capture his fascination with the ethnology of rural life in French Canada and his own personal relationship to the landscape of Morin Heights.
Dennis Reid, Edwin Holgate, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1976, page 22.
Private Collection, Toronto