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Two great artists, two great friends

March 12th, 2018

Pegi Nicol MacLeod's painting of Ottawa's Bank Street Bridge.

Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Bank Street Bridge, 1930. Oil on plywood, overall: 50.7 x 50.7 cm. Purchase, 1981. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists challenge, we’re asking women curators at the AGO to tell us about the women artists they love. Last week we featured the work of Käthe Kollwitz, a leading 20th century German artist known for her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, sculptures and drawings.

Last week, we asked Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, to talk about two amazing Canadian women artists as she celebrated her favourite day of the year, International Women’s Day.

Marian Dale Scott's painting Tenants, featuring figures on a Montreal-inspired staircase.

Marian Dale Scott, Tenants, 1939–1940. Oil on board, overall: 63.6 x 42 cm. Gift from the J.S. McLean Collection, by Canada Packers Inc., 1990. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

“One of the most important things for me when I think about women is the crucial role of friendship,” she said, introducing the work and stories behind two great Canadian women artists, Pegi Nicol MacLeod and Marian Dale Scott. They met in the 1920s in Montreal in art school. As their careers grew, they remained friends and became each other’s biggest fans.

Watch the video below from the AGO’s Facebook page to hear Georgiana speak about these artists, their relationship, and why she felt it was important to hang their works together in the AGO’s Fudger Rotunda. (This video is best viewed in the Chrome internet browser.)

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