Lot # 105
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Arthur Lismer
AAM CGP CSGA CSPWC G7 OSA RCA 1885 - 1969 Canadian

Emerald Lake
oil on board
signed and on verso dated circa 1928 and stamped with the estate stamp
12 3/4 x 15 3/4 in  32.4 x 40cm

The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 1971
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Lois Darroch, Bright Land: A Warm Look at Arthur Lismer, 1981, page 69

Arthur Lismer traveled to the Rocky Mountains in 1928, and he was uplifted and challenged by their majesty. On seeing Cathedral Mountain, he described it as “like a great Gothic structure…From every angle and in a vast territory like this you had to talk to your prey…to find a way of getting at it…There were buttresses and pillars, towers and supporting weights like a vast piece of architecture.” Structure was of great interest to Lismer in the Rockies, and his rugged depiction of their dramatic geology dominates this work. Emerald Lake is almost abstract in its treatment of the precipitous planes of the rock formations, whose peaks soar into the clouds and project beyond the top of the painting’s edge. To balance this, Lismer includes a brilliant blue sky – as he stated, “You look up and find the glory” – and a jewel-like turquoise green glacial lake at the mountain’s base. Lismer’s vertical panorama is visceral in its cragginess and inspiring in its grandeur.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $25,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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