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The Solemn Land, 1921

J.E.H. MacDonald
British, Canadian, 1873 - 1932
oil on canvas
122.5 x 153.5 cm
Purchased 1921
National Gallery of Canada (no. 1785)

An austere beauty emanates from this autumn scene on the Montreal River in Ontario's Algoma region. The effect is achieved, in part, by the contrast between the warm tones of the horizontal brushstrokes used to render the calm river and the powerful contours of the majestic hills.

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