OTTO PLANDING (1887-1964)
Otto Planding came to Canada from Germany in 1913. From the moment of his arrival from Germany until his death in 1964, he supported himself exclusively by painting. He lived very humbly in Toronto and eschewed luxuries. He painted mostly in the countryside north of Toronto, in the Georgian Bay Area, where many wealthy people had summer homes by the lake. He died at the age of 77 without a will in a rented room. His entire estate was comprised of $52.00 in cash and three recently completed paintings.
Information courtesy of Michael Parker