Eastlake, Mary Alexandre (1864-1951) by Scholes, Robert

Mary Alexandre Eastlake (1864-1951) From the : Dictionary of Canadian Artists . Born at Douglas, Ontario, she spent her early life in Almonte and Carillon, Quibec, where her father was engaged in the construction of the Carillon Dam. 1 She was a student of Robert Harris in Montreal and later studied in Paris where she attended the Academie Colarossi and exhibited at the Salon “She went to England and settled in St. Ives where she met and married English landscapist C.H. Eastlake. They became designers and made jewellery and enamels. She exhibited with the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Painters in Oils, and the London Pastel Society. The Studio once described her work as follows, ‘Mrs. Eastlake’s work is essentially decorative. She has a strong sense of rhythm and pattern. Her colour, which is pure and strong, is usually put down in flat tones, whether the medium be pastel, oil colour, or gouache.’ She also visited the U.S.A. where she exhibited with the New English Art Club, Boston, and with other groups at New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. She paid several visits to Canada and finally stayed with her husband, in 1939. They spent several years in Montreal and later moved to Almonte, Ontario. Her pictures of children, bring to mind the work of , American artist. The National Gallery of Canada has several canvases by her, some landscapes, portraits, and figure studies. She signed her canvases M.A. Bell, and after marriage, M.A. Eastlake. One of her largest Canadian exhibitions was held at the Art Gallery of Toronto during the winter of 1927. Mary Cassatt

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