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Pegi Nicol MacLeod


Born in the small town of Listowel, in southwestern Ontario, and later raised in Ottawa, MacLeod rocked the complacency of her era. She was "a sometime ringleader" of a group of artists and sympathizers trying to break away from conventional expectations and create a valid Canadian art community in the 1920s and 1930s. These included the Group of Seven, whose work influenced her own approaches to painting. Her first patrons were Vincent and Alice Massey. She became art editor of The Canadian Forum, "Canada's magazine for the intellectual elite," and she co-founded the Picture Loan Society. As a war artist, Pegi Nicol MacLeod painted women in the armed forces. Both her letters and paintings show her spell-binding character, and her inspiring passion for life.

"Owning a work by Pegi Nicol is like smelling daffodils in mid-winter."

—Graham McInnes, after Pegi Nicol's early death in 1949

Penumbra books:
Daffodils in Winter: The Life and Letters of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, 1904-1949 (Author)

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