J.W. Beatty Spotlight
In Algonquin Park is an exemplary oil study by J.W. Beatty. Gentle diagonals define the view from the water to the near shore. Inland, a deep green curtain of forest rises before an overcast, crepuscular, sky. The vapourous sky’s receding gradations of puce elevate the scene and echo the diagonals of the water and shore below. Beatty’s distinct palette set him apart from the younger artists of the Group of Seven. In Algonquin Park stands out with his vibrant terre verte and chrome yellow, his distinctive puce that Tom Thomson picked up on around 1913, and his astutely unaffected, snapshot-like, composition. It is Beatty at his best as a colourist and composer en plein air.