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School in a Garden, c. 1934

Pegi Nicol MacLeod
Canadian, 1904 - 1949
oil on canvas
112.4 x 99 cm
Vincent Massey Bequest, 1968
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15506)

Ought not the painting of humanity . . . draw ahead of the landscape, . . . take priority over it? Ought it not do so in any age and especially in this age of intense human conflict and suffering and innovation? There is everything in the world about us, the world of today, to suggest that the luxury of dwelling on empty landscapes is likely to recede in men's minds and the urgent human issues to assert themselves with growing force. Barker Fairley, "Canadian Art: Man vs. Landscape," The Canadian Forum, December 1939

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