Listening to Art

11.03: Yvonne McKague Housser, The Saw Mill

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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume eleven, number three: The Saw Mill by Yvonne McKague Housser.

Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.

Yvonne McKague was born in 1897 in Toronto, where she grew up. In 1913 she began studies at the Ontario College of Art, with teachers such as George A. Reid, Robert Holmes, J.W. Beatty and Emanuel Hahn. In 1920 she herself became a teacher there, and continued until 1949, when she retired to paint full time. (This painting was done around 1940.) In 1935 she married fellow Theosophist Fred Housser, author of A Canadian Art Movement (1926), the first book about the Group of Seven, with whom they were friends and colleagues; he died of a heart attack the next year, and she never remarried. She exhibited widely and won numerous awards. She was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists, a full academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 1984 was made a member of the Order of Canada. She died in 1996.

This is a painting, oil on hardboard, of unknown dimensions.

Now let’s listen to The Saw Mill by Yvonne McKague Housser, recorded at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, on 11 March 2022.

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That was The Saw Mill by Yvonne McKague Housser. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.

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All web sites accessed as of date of publication.

Murray, Joan. The Art of Yvonne McKague Housser: 19 October–10 December 1995. Oshawa: Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 1995.

Ross, Val. “Artist Was Among First to Study at OCA.” Globe and Mail, 31 January 1996.

Wikipedia, s.v. “Yvonne McKague Housser,”