• Ann MacIntosh Duff

    TO LOVE AND TO CHERISH - PAINTINGS FROM SCOTCH PINE ISLAND

     

    CURATED BY JOHN HARTMAN

     

    May 7 - 28, 2022

  • Ann MacIntosh Duff specializes in the medium of watercolour, painting landscapes, still-lifes and everyday events in a characteristically whimsical and expressive style. Her works are painted from memory rather than observation.

    John Hartman's thoughtful selection for this exhibition centres around Georgian Bay and the watercolours MacIntosh Duff created there in her boathouse studio. MacIntosh Duff's remarkable passion for painting Georgian Bay is admired by Hartman, who has referred to her as ‘the finest watercolourist in Canada’.

     

    All the selected paintings were made at Ann’s island where she spent her summers starting in 1937. She rarely left the island for the two months of the summer. It is a very small island with a well-kept, but basic cabin, with no electricity. It has a sweeping view of the open water of Georgian Bay and a protected harbour at the back of the island with a simple dock and a building at the water’s edge where Ann’s canoe and rowboat are stored for the winter and which Ann used as her studio in the summer. Scotch Pine Island was ‘the’ place that she loved and cherished and the view out her cabin windows and the views of the surrounding islands were her subject matter for decades of painterly inspiration.

    - John Hartman

  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Northern Night, 1974

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Northern Night, 1974 watercolour on paper
    22 1/4 x 29 3/4 in.
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Northern Studio, 1987

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Northern Studio, 1987 watercolour on paper
    22 1/4 x 30 in.
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Reading, 1998

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Reading, 1998 watercolour on paper
    25 3/4 x 40 1/2 in.
  • © Joseph Hartman
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Early Morning, 1994

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Early Morning, 1994 watercolour on paper
    22 x 30 in.
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Adrift in the Forest, c. 2008

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Adrift in the Forest, c. 2008 watercolour on paper
    26 x 40 in.
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Line Storm Coming, 1994

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Line Storm Coming, 1994 watercolour on paper
    22 1/4 x 30 in.
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff, Night View with Blue Bowl, c. 1993

    Ann MacIntosh Duff

    Night View with Blue Bowl, c. 1993 watercolour on paper
    22 x 30 in.
  • © Joseph Hartman
  • Ann MacIntosh Duff was born in Toronto. In 1952, she became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in...

    Ann MacIntosh Duff's cabin on Scotch Pine Island

    Ann MacIntosh Duff was born in Toronto. In 1952, she became a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) where she remained an active member for thirty years. In 1959, she began working with Douglas Duncan at the Picture Loan Society, one of the most influential galleries in Canada at the time which also showed works by David Milne, Harold Town, Bertram Brooker and Paul-Émile Borduas. She exhibited there until Duncan’s death in 1968. In 2007, the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery held a retrospective of MacIntosh Duff’s work.

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    On view at

    Nicholas Metivier Gallery

    190 Richmond St E, Toronto ON M5A 1P1

    through May 28.

     

    For additional information,

    please contact Caroline Pearson, (416) 205-9000.