The following text was submitted by Louis Gagliardi, Curator, P.C. Sheppard Collection:
Peter Clapham Sheppard A.R.C.A, O.S.A. (1882-1965)
Peter Clapham Sheppard occupies a place among a notable generation of artists that pioneered and firmly established a distinctively Canadian school of art. In the years preceding the Great War and in the decade to follow, these Toronto-based artists broke away from the academic, the often dull and sentimental images of the French and Dutch aesthetic, to focus their attentions on the beauty and bounty of the Canadian landscape - specifically, the waters, forests, and skies of Ontario's hinterland. They painted these elements, timelessly transforming under the changing visages of the season
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