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Arthur Lismer

Arthur Lismer

Arthur Lismer
Spring 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 108

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

Georgian Bay
oil on board
signed and dated 1937 and on verso titled and dated on the Klinkhoff gallery label
12 x 15 in  30.5 x 38.1cm

Provenance:
Galerie Walter Klinkhoff Inc., Montreal
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 1970
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, November 25, 1994, lot 81
Private Collection, Ontario

Literature:
Lois Darroch, Bright Land: A Warm Look at Arthur Lismer, 1981, page 15

Arthur Lismer first saw Georgian Bay in 1913, when he was offered the use of Group of Seven patron Dr. James MacCallum’s cottage there. Just as Algoma became J.E.H. MacDonald’s iconic painting place, Georgian Bay became Lismer’s, and he returned many times, entranced by the life force he felt there. Known for its clarity of atmosphere and tempestuous weather, the area features distinctive rocky islets and small islands. Georgian Bay’s vitality is passionately expressed in every aspect of this painting—from the electric blue sky to the iconic, sturdy pine and the rough Canadian Shield rock formations in which it is rooted. The work encompasses a fine view across the water to hills beyond, and the composition resembles a portion of the vista in Lismer’s stunning 1938 canvas Bright Land, in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In Georgian Bay, Lismer’s use of colour is modern and bold—red, orange and blue highlights vibrate in the tree trunk and branches, and his textured brush-strokes express vigour. The painting is an outstanding example of Lismer’s work from the unique landscape that he fondly called “the happy isles” and “a paradise for painters.”

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

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


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