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North Shore of the St. Lawrence

George Pepper

BIRTH PLACE Ottawa, Ontario
DEATH PLACE Toronto, Ontario

Look closely. Can you make out the rocky reflections in the smooth water beneath the undulating clouds? Caught between dynamic movement and a sense of calm stillness, artist George Pepper captures a scene from the north shore of the St. Lawrence in the gathering dark. Born in Ottawa in 1903, Pepper studied under J.E.H. MacDonald at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto before completing his studies in Paris. Drawn to the Canadian landscape, Pepper, who would later become a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters, was greatly influenced by the Group of Seven's Post-Impressionistic techniques of bold colors, flat planes, and heavy outlines.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATE c. 1947
DIMENSIONS 86.7cm x 74.3cm x 1.9cm
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery. Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
A dark landscape depicting a pebbly shore in the foreground surrounding a black body of still water which is reflecting the rocks behind it. There is a large, rounded, black rock on the far shore at the centre of the painting, flanked by smaller brown rocks on the left and right. The sky in the background is filled with clouds in fluid, horizontal striations of varying shades of grey.

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