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Arthur Lismer

Arthur Lismer

Arthur Lismer
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 142

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

Georgian Bay
oil on board
signed and dated 1921 and on verso inscribed variously
12 x 16 in  30.5 x 40.6cm

By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer: Paintings, 1913 – 1949, Art Gallery of Toronto, 1950, page 9

Arthur Lismer’s first trip to Georgian Bay was in 1913, and it became his most iconic painting place. His Group of Seven colleague Lawren Harris emphasized the importance of this region for Lismer, stating, “He was the first artist to paint the McGregor Bay themes and returned to that part of Georgian Bay for many summers as it seemed to him to be the summation of nature’s lyric expression of the whole region. His response to great nature in her elemental and dramatic moods or in her pristine and shining moods evoked his sense of form, rhythm and picture organization and gave his paintings a substance and structure that is at once profound, resonant and full-bodied." In this richly atmospheric work, Lismer’s vantage is from the shore, and he depicts with energized brush-strokes the distinctive rock formations and distant islets topped by windblown pines emblematic of Georgian Bay. Moody and squally weather often blows up here, and the sky suggests impending drama, as do the whitecaps on the water. In this vigorous sketch, Lismer captures the raw essence of Georgian Bay and its fresh, blustery ambience.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD

Sold For: $58,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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