oil on board
8.5 x 10.5 in
Laing Galleries, Toronto
Private collection, B.C.
Late Sun was likely painted on MacDonald’s four-acre property in Thornhill where he and his family moved in 1915. “Four Elms”, as MacDonald liked to call the property, contained woods of maple, spruce and elm, with a running stream and a ten-room clapboard house.
The property gave MacDonald plenty of scope for his favorite hobby of gardening. More importantly it provided him with subject matter for a number of his finest paintings, including The Tangled Garden.
Thornhill was a country refuge for artists; Fred Varley, Arthur Lismer, Frank Johnston and Frank Carmichael, all future members of the Group of Seven, came to live there shortly after MacDonald.