J.E.H. MacDonald, 1873 – 1932
Canadian artist James Edward Hervey MacDonald was a founding member of the Group of Seven and was instrumental, along with Lawren Harris, in forming and holding the group together. The seed for the Group was sown in 1913 when MacDonald, along with Harris, took a trip to New York and saw an exhibition of Scandinavian Impressionist art, which depicted the Northern European landscape in a way that the pair was sympathetic to.
Exhibited in 1922 at the annual exhibit of the Royal Academy as well as the Group of Seven exhibit at the gallery of Toronto (now the AGO), ‘Mist Fantasy’ has been widely exhibited at major museums in Canada and the U.S. as well in England, at London’s Tate Gallery, and must be viewed as an important, mature painting for the artist and the nation.