Scenes from a 70-year career

Doris McCarthy’s painting evolved with the seasons

Over her 70-year career, Canadian artist Doris McCarthy produced some 7,000 works. Landscape—from the Alberta badlands to the West Irish coastline—was her constant subject. Her rendering of it, however, evolved with the years—her representational studies of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s that reflected her studies with Group of Seven painters gave way to experimentation with hard-edge abstractions of the ’60s and early ’70s. All paved way to the ambitious large-scale paintings that she embarked on after her 1972 retirement from teaching. Her final canvas, Pink Iceberg with Floes, was completed in 2005 at age 95.