Manley MacDonald, RCA, OIP (1889-1971)

Manley MacDonald was born at Point Anne in 1889, and received his art education at the Albrigh tArt School in Buffalo, New York and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Ontario College of Art. He was a contemporary of the Group of Seven and was best known as "the interpreter of Old Ontario" He was a commissioned war artist who chronicled the war efforts on the home front. His work is in public collection of many institutions including The McMichael Canadian Art collection, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, The Robert McLauchlin Gallery, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada. The largest holdings are at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. His loose, free and semi-impressionistic style is filled with rural scenes with livestock as well as rivers and lakes on which boats float and dock, in the Group of Seven Genre. He was also an excellent portrait painter.