This Week in History
For the week of Monday January 13, 2013
On January 17, 1904, Margaret Kathleen Nicol was born in Listowel, Ontario. Preferring to be known as Pegi, she later took the name MacLeod after her marriage in 1936. She is celebrated for her unique painting style and her contribution to Second World War art.
Remembered for her role in portraying the Canadian war experience as part of the Second World War Canadian Records Program, Pegi was one of two female artists in the program. However, she was the only artist commissioned to depict the contributions of the newly formed women's departments in the armed forces. Pegi was able to capture the women at work in their uniforms, such as in Morning Parade (1944), as well as their domestic activities, as in Beauty Parlour No. 1 (1944). Pegi produced more than 110 works for the program, many of which are now held at the Canadian War Museum.
To view some of MacLeod's paintings held at the Canadian War Museum, browse through their online catalogue here .
To read more about some Canadian artists, please read these stories from the This Week in History archives: A Canadian Artist for Inspiration, A.J. Casson: The Youngest of the Group of Seven, Lawren S. Harris and His Original Landscapes, and Marc-Aurèle Fortin: Capturing Nature's Beauty.
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