Artwork by Pegi Nicol MacLeod,  Building, Street Scene, New York

Pegi Nicol MacLeod
Building, Street Scene, New York

oil on canvas
24 x 19 ins ( 61 x 48.3 cms )

Sold for $12,980.00
Sale date: May 28th 2019

Galerie Walter Klinkhoff, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
At a time when landscape painting dominated the taste of collectors and the discourse of academics, Pegi Nicol MacLeod contributed works filled with dynamic energy in her urban landscapes and depictions of daily city life. Living in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Fredericton and New York City, the excitement of the city had a profound impact on the artist’s inspiration and artistic approach.

This work captures the character and liveliness of the urban tenement with residents calling up to one another out of their windows and workers below milling in every direction. The eye darts over the composition, mimicking the movement in the scene. The artist has executed the scene with a favoured bright primary palette giving energy to the figures. Fluid lines exaggerate rounded forms, giving a lyrical movement to the work. The artist was fascinated by her urban surroundings with the world teeming around her and sought to capture the collective spirit of the communities she was a part of.

This artwork is accompanied by a certification signed by the Jane MacLeod Pappidas, daughter of the artist and executor of her mother’s estate.

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Pegi Nicol MacLeod
(1904 - 1949) Canadian Group of Painters,

Pegi Nicol MacLeod was among Canada's most prominent artists during the second quarter of the twentieth century. In her short lifetime, she exhibited her paintings extensively across the country, alongside the likes of A.Y. Jackson and the other members of the Group of Seven. She won prestigious national art prizes and received important commissions, including one for war art from the National Gallery of Canada.

MacLeod gained respect as an artist in an almost exclusively male milieu. She painted landscapes, cityscapes, and the people and objects which she found within her environment. In the late 1930s, she painted her child and the changing scenes outside her window in New York City. MacLeod painted constantly and almost compulsively; for her, art was equivalent to life.