oil on board, 9" × 11½"
Muggs Landing, Hiawatha Island, 1912
oil on board, 8¼" x 10¼"
J.W. Beatty, R.C.A., O.S.A. (1869-1941) Artist Biography
John William Beatty (18691941) was a Canadian painter who was a forerunner in the movement which became the Group of Seven in 1920. Born in Toronto, Ontario, 30 May 1869. Died in Toronto, Ontario, 4 October 1941.
Beatty hailed from Toronto, Ontario. He turned to painting in 1894 and shortly after, in 1900, studied at Académie Julian in Paris. He travelled throughout Europe from 1906 to 1909 and returned home with many dark, rich, moody paintings of Dutch peasant life.
Paintings of Algonquin Park were becoming a theme of Canadian painters in the early 1900s. In 1909, the year he returned to Canada, he went to the park in order to paint Canadian landscape themes. He painted The Evening Cloud of the Northland in 1910. Beatty felt that this work represented Canada much better than his previous work called "A Dutch Peasant", so he asked the National Gallery if they would exchange the two because, as he explained, "I am a Canadian. I would much rather be represented by a Canadian picture."
He shared common interests and feelings with his friends, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Tom Thomson, and Arthur Lismer, several of whom later became members of the Group of Seven.
He worked as a war artist for the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917.