Monday, September 23, 2013

The Canadian Forest

As it is National Forest week, I thought I should come out of hiding and maybe put together a post that expresses my love of forestry and the bush in general. While digging through some old forestry magazines a couple months ago, I stumbled upon this great piece in a June issue of Pulp and Paper Magazine of Canada from 1951. The Pulp and Paper Industry of Canada commissioned several paintings under the banner "Industry and Art". The six paintings in this instalment were to depict the main species used for pulpwood in the industry. The purpose behind these paintings was in hope to inspire the general public and create greater interest in woodland activities and operations nationwide. The six artists behind these paintings were Thoreau MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, Albert Cloutier, Charles F. Comfort, J.A. Casson, and finally, and Franklin Arbuckle. There is no finer resource on the planet and we should all be thankful for what the forests give us. Happy National Forest Week!


-Balsam-
"A fine study in contrasts in the Gatineau country by Charles F. Comfor whose works include mural decorations in the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Vancouver Hotel, and stone carvings in the Central Station, Montreal."

-Spruce-
"A typical stand in a black spruce swamp in the Algonquin Park area in Ontario painted by Thoreau MacDonald. He is the son of the late J.E.H. MacDonald, one of the original members of the Group of Seven."
 -Western Hemlock-
"A typical stand in the southern coastal region of British Columbia by Franklin Arbuckle who has painted the Canadian scene from Vancouver to Cape Breton and from the southern boarder to the Northwest Territories."
-Jack Pine-
"Frontier sentinels in the Peace River district characteristically portrayed by A.Y. Jackson who, with J.E.H. MacDonald in 1913, suggested that Canadian artists should throw their musty traditions overboard and paint their own country in their own way."
 -Hemlock-
"Painted in the Quebec forests along the shores of the Ottawa River by Albert Cloutier. A number of Albert Cloutier's canvases are in the possession of the National Gallery. He is noted for his pictures of Quebec, particularly the Laurentians and the Lower St. Lawrence."
-Poplar-
"An early spring scene in the Madawaska region portrayed by J.A. Casson. His pictures have been widely exhibited throughout the world and his work is well represented in most of the galleries in Canada."

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