"I got to the beautiful Lake O'Hara lying in a rainbow sleep, under the steeps of Mount Lefroy and the waterfalls of Oesa. And there I realized some of the blessedness of mortals." - J.E.H. MacDonald
"I got to the beautiful Lake O'Hara lying in a rainbow sleep, under the steeps of Mount Lefroy and the waterfalls of Oesa. And there I realized some of the blessedness of mortals."
- J.E.H. MacDonald in A Glimpse of the West, 1924
In the autumn of 1924, the Canadian landscape artist James Edward Hervey (J.E.H.) MacDonald went on a painting holiday. His destination was the tiny region of Lake O'Hara in Yoho National Park, British Columbia. Looking for new scenery, some solitude, and a change of pace, he was also looking for a broader view of the country that he and his fellow members of the Group of Seven had lauded in a nationalist plea for homegrown Canadian art.
The Lake O'Hara Art of J.E.H. MacDonald and Hiker's Guide is Lisa Christensen's third exploration of the work of artists in the mountains of western Canada. Filled with full-colour reproductions of many famous images, this book takes you on an inspirational journey of this world heritage site, seen through the eyes of one of Canada's most loved painters takes. The award-winning trail guide format, accompanied by a number-keyed map, brings you to the exact locations where he worked. Follow in the footsteps of J.E.H. MacDonald and explore artists mecca of Lake O'Hara.
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has worked in the art world for over thirty years, holding the positions of Associate Curator of Art at Calgary?s Glenbow Museum and Curator of Art at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, in addition to doing freelance curatorial and corporate work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Art Gallery of Alberta. She has served on the Board of the Alberta Museums Association and is currently on the Art Advisory Council to Calgary?s Military Museums and the Board of the Leighton Art Centre.
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Calgary and is the author of three books on Canadian art history: A Hiker?s Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies, A Hiker?s Guide to the Rocky Mountain Art of Lawren Harris, and The Lake O?Hara Art of J.E.H. McDonald and Hiker?s Guide.
This award-winning series of books takes a unique approach to art history, combining a trail-guide format with art history. A Hiker's Guide to Art of the Canadian Rockies won nine awards, including the inaugural W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
Lisa is an accomplished public speaker, having lectured and presented on the subject of Canadian art at the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge, as well as the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta.