Yvonne McKague Housser

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Yvonne McKague Housser (1897–1996), Canadian painter and teacher. She was an early Modernist painter specializing in landscapes and design. She was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Federation of Canadian Artists.[1] She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[2] In 1954 she was one of eighteen Canadian artists commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway to paint a mural for the interior of one of the new Park cars entering service on the new Canadian transcontinental train.[3] Each mural depicts a different national or provincial park; Housser's was Sibley Provincial Park.[4]


Yvonne McKague Housser was born in Toronto in 1897 to Hugh Henry McKague and Louise Elliott.[5] She studied at the Ontario College of Art (OCA), Toronto, from 1913 to 1918, under George Agnew Reid, J. W. Beatty, William Cruikshank, Robert Holmes and Emanuel Hahn.[6][7] After one more year as post-graduate and assistant, Housser began teaching as assistant instructor at OCA. In the 1920 OCA Prospectus, she and Edith Coombs were the only women listed on the teaching staff.[8] In 1921–1922, Housser took a leave of absence to study in Paris, France, at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Académie Colarossi and Académie Ranson.[7][9]

Housser was invited to exhibit with the Group of Seven in 1928, 1930 and 1931.[10] The group disbanded to form the country-wide Canadian Group of Painters in 1933, of which Housser was a founding member. In 1935 she married Frederick B. Housser, financial editor of the Toronto Star and author of A Canadian Art Movement: The Story of the Group of Seven, published in 1926.[9]


  1. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Rail: The Magazine of Canada's Railway History" (PDF). Canadian Railroad Historical Association. November December 2004. Retrieved 1 March 2017.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "The 50th Anniversary of the CPR Stainless Steel Passenger Fleet" (PDF). Canadian Rail (503): 211–223. November–December 2004. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Women Artists History Initiative : Artist Database : Artists : HOUSSER, Yvonne McKague". cwahi.concordia.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  5. ^ Murray, Joan; Housser, Yvonne McKague (1995-01-01). The art of Yvonne McKague Housser: 19 October-10 December 1995. Oshawa, ON: Robert McLaughlin Gallery. ISBN 0921500114. 
  6. ^ a b Housser, Yvonne. "Biographical Forms, 1927–1979". National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives. 
  7. ^ Boutilier, Alicia. "AMICUS Web Full Record - AMICUS". amicus.collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Yvonne McKague Housser (Fonds 40)". library.vicu.utoronto.ca. E.J. Pratt Library Special Collections. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Murray, Joan (1995). The Art of Yvonne McKague Housser. The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. ISBN 0-921500-11-4. 

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