Monday, May 28, 2012

Thoreau MacDonald

I was reading Bruce Whiteman's book 'J.E.H. MacDonald' and came upon a section on MacDonald's son, and only child, Thoreau.

My interest was piqued when I read that Thoreau was a good painter in his own right.  So, with that in mind I did a bit of online research and found some information on the site, 'Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing.'
Please click here.

The article points out that Thoreau had a considerable presence in Canadian art,

"During a period of nearly fifty years, the beautiful decorations, lettering, illustrations, and designs of Thoreau MacDonald appeared in Canadian books, magazines, and catalogues, in an Arts and Crafts movement style that was imbued with a particularly Canadian sensibility. Revered for these works and for the rural- and nature-inspired publications of his own Woodchuck Press, MacDonald is today considered to have been one of the country’s most important book designers and illustrators."
What struck me was that Thoreau had a successful career in art as an illustrator - and was colourblind and he worked primarily in black and white.  Although, to be fair - there are degrees of colourblindness.

To read more about Thoreau, in Wikipedia, please click here.

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