A leading scholar of Tom Thomson, Ms. Murray was responsible for bringing the paintings of this visionary Canadian painter to world attention through a series of exhibitions and books, including a biography. She has prepared a full-scale catalogue raisonné of his work, a project which took her more than forty years. She also has authored many books on the history of Canadian art, most notably Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (1999), Northern Lights: Masterpieces of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (1994), and McMichael Canadian Art Collection: One Hundred Masterworks (2006) and published over one hundred catalogues and two hundred articles on subjects ranging from folk art to contemporary artists, in the Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and other publications across the country. Murray is also an artist with her work in many collections, public and private. Murray is considered one of the most accessible of Canadian art writers. Catherine Osborne, in her 2000 review of Murray’s Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century, writes in Quill & Quire,

“Murray’s writing glides easily and informatively…she writes with clarity and makes a conscious effort to avoid excessive artspeak.”


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Murray’s catalogues include the following:

Jack Pine

Jack Pine