The Canadian Impressionists

Discover the illuminating art of The Canadian Impressionists

Baraset House spotlights masterworks by female Canadian artists who lit up the art scene between 1880-1935 with their captivating images and luminous visions.

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(Canadian, 1890-1968)
Bringing in the seaweed from the surf,
St Malo
circa 1925

Oil on canvas laid on panel

Signed 'A Des Clayes' lower left

10 inches x 14 inches

Exhibited: The Art Association of Montreal, 42nd annual spring exhibition (1925), no.83, titled “Bringing in the seaweed from the surf, St Malo”


Literature: The Art Association of Montreal Annual spring exhibition (Montreal, April 26, 1925), Gazette(Montreal) April 03,1925, p.6. Review of Des Clayes exhibition no.83: “an effective seashore scene with horses and cart, by Alice DesClayes ARCA


Alice Des Clayes ARCA (Canadian, 1890-1968) was a Scottish-born Canadian artist heavily influenced by Impressionism.

(Canadian, 1876-1960)
The Roddick Gates
McGill University, Montreal

circa 1925

Oil on canvas laid on board

Signed 'A Cleland' lower left

13 inches x 16 inches

Of historical Canadian interest. The Roddick Gates Entrance to McGill University, Sherbrooke Street, opened in 1925.

The wrought iron fencing – missing in this image – was installed after the completion in spring 1925 of the limestone pillars. This work captures a period during the construction of the gates, when heavy snows halted progress. Based on the November 28, 1924 photograph of the construction in the McCord Museum, this painting dates during the winter months between December 1924 and March 1925.


Cleland taught alongside William Brymner at the Montreal Museum of Art. Her students include Edwin Holgate, Nora Collyer, Marion Scott and others from 1898-1937.

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