LOT 132

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

Georgian Bay
oil on board
signed and dated 1950
12 x 16 in 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at: Design Exchange

PROVENANCE
Collection of Harry and Esther Handel, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal

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


Arthur Lismer had an affection for the bright and shining land of Georgian Bay that went beyond the ordinary. For him it was “like being on a different continent – the radiant air, the rocks, the endless expanse of turbulent water and sky.” This was a place he started to explore in 1913, and he returned on many trips. It was here he found his voice as an artist - it became a painting place that shaped him. He was moved by a new experience of a unique land of high rocks, crowned with leaning pines and punctuated by little ponds that collected in the rocky basins. Lismer often painted these pools, dark with reflections and filled by water lilies, their perimeters defined by rock shelves and green foliage. Although his depiction of the rocks is rough, they seem to mould themselves around the pool, which nestles into them in an intimate way. Gentle and contemplative, the pond offered respite from the scouring of the west wind, which shaped the pines around it.

On verso of this work is a sketch by the artist.


Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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