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Peggy's Cove in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

The Art of deGarthe

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
1. The Art of deGarthe Marker
Inscription.

You've probably seen many paintings of Peggy's Cove. Famed marine artist and sculptor William deGarthe may have painted some of these works.[1]

Born in Finland in 1907, deGarthe came to Canada in 1926, eventually settling in Halifax. An art teacher and commercial artist, deGarthe spent many summers in Peggy's Cove painting both the stark coastline and the people who live and work here. In fact, deGarthe was so taken with the beauty of this seaside community that he made it his home.

Today, deGarthe's paintings can be found in many homes and galleries, and at the deGarthe Gallery here in Peggy's Cove.[2] The gallery was built onto deGarthe's former house next to one of his best-known works - The Fishermen's Monument, which he worked on until his death in 1983. Carved from a 30-metre (0.01-mile) outcrop of granite in his backyard, the monument pays tribute to the hard-working fishermen of the community and their families. It is also a tribute to 'Peggy,' a young woman who, as legend has it, married and settled here after surviving a shipwreck. So popular was the story of this young woman that some people say the cove was named for her, and deGarthe frequently celebrated this legendary woman in his work.

William E. deGarthe
(1907-1983) The renowned sculptor and painter William Edward deGarthe emigrated

The Art of deGarthe Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 25, 2017
2. The Art of deGarthe Marker
Marker on the right
from his native Finland to Canada in 1926. Most of his work is devoted to marine subjects.

deGarthe's Studio
This modest building was, for many years, deGarthe's studio. During that time, he created and displayed much of his work here.

A Vision Takes Shape
While he's widely known as an accomplished painter, deGarthe was also a highly skilled sculptor. Like his paintings, many of his sculptures were inspired by this community and the people who lived here.

A Coat of Many Colours
Almost as colourful as his acclaimed seascapes is the smock that deGarthe wore while creating them.

Artist In Action [1]
Does this painting look familiar?
Look below and you'll see it is the same one that deGarthe is painting. You'll find this seascape displayed at the deGarthe Gallery here in Peggy's Cove.

[2] deGarthe Gallery
To explore more of deGarthe's work, please visit the deGarthe Gallery here in Peggy's Cove.
 
Location. 44° 29.632′ N, 63° 54.86′ W. Marker is in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker is on Peggy's Point Road 0.4 kilometers south of Prospect Road (Nova Scotia Route 333), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Monument is at William E. DeGarthe Memorial Provincial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Peggy's Point Road, Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia B3Z 3S1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Natural Masterpiece (here, next to this marker); Fishermen's Monument (a few steps from this marker); A Monumental Work Of Art (a few steps from this marker); The Lure of Peggy's Cove (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Sweet Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cold, Hard Facts About Glaciers (within shouting distance of this marker); When Continents Collide / Carving A Cove (within shouting distance of this marker); Peggy's Cove (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peggy's Cove.
 
Also see . . .
1. William E. deGarthe Bio. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. William E. deGarthe Bio. (Submitted on January 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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