Yvonne McKague Housser R.C.A.
Lake Superior, 1928
Inscribed on artist’s label to verso:
Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1898, she started serious painting during her high school years and entered the Ontario College of Art about the age of 16. She paid her way mostly through scholarships and graduated in 1917. She took post graduate study at the College and joined the College…
Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1898, she started serious painting during her high school years and entered the Ontario College of Art about the age of 16. She paid her way mostly through scholarships and graduated in 1917. She took post graduate study at the College and joined the College Staff. She visited the Studio Building and decorate the shack behind, where Keith MacIver, a prospector, took up residence. It had once been Thomson’s studio up to the time of his death. In 1921 she went to Paris where she studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, the Académie Colarossi and the Academy Ranson. She returned to Canada in 1922 and continued her teaching at the College. She travelled again to Europe in 1924 and visited England, France, and Italy. In 1930 she spent the summer in Vienna where she took a course on child art under Cizek. Throughout, she continued to teach at the College. In 1929 F.B. Housser in the “Yearbook of the Arts in Canada” wrote, “Yvonne McKague, on the staff of the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, is a trained painter of the modern school who has contributed several original canvases to Canadian art exhibitions. Her compositions have masculine strength and intellectuality, showing much intelligent feeling and consideration for structure, design, form and spatial qualities. Her interest is always in the less obvious subtleties of her subject and in looking at her pictures one feels the capacity to handle big material in a big way.”
She exhibited with Rody Kenny Courtice, Bobs Haworth and Isabel McLaughlin in “4 Women Who Paint” at the Eaton Fine Art Galleries. In 1965 Yvonne Housser was awarded the Baxter Purchase Award at the Ontario Society of Artists 47th annual exhibition for her “Spring Stirs the Earth.” She is a member of the Ontario Society of Artists (1927); Royal Canadian Academy (A.R.C.A. 1942 – R.C.A. 1951); Canadian Group of Painters (1933 Founding Member) and the Heliconian Club. She held office in most of these societies.
~Colin Hugh MacDonald, “A Dictionary of Canadian Artists,” Volume 2, 1968, pg. 472