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. She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. 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. Each mural depicts a different national or provincial park; Housser's was Sibley Provincial Park.
Yvonne McKague Housser was born in Toronto in 1897 to Hugh Henry McKague and Louise Elliott. 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. 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. 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.
Housser was invited to exhibit with the Group of Seven in 1928, 1930 and 1931. 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.
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