LOT 109

1885 - 1969

Isle au Coudre
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated 1926 and inscribed "43"
12 x 16 in, 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William Barrie Waite, Vancouver

This striking painting is likely based on a summer trip to Quebec that Arthur Lismer took in 1925. He was documented as visiting Île d’Orléans, Baie-Saint-Paul and Saint-Hilarion in that year, and a drawing of Isle-aux-Coudres dated 1925 is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Isle-aux-Coudres is in the Charlevoix region, an area much beloved by A.Y. Jackson. In his autobiography, Jackson writes about being with Lismer in Saint-Hilarion and Île d’Orléans; Group of Seven artists often went on sketching trips together.

Isle au Coudre has the fluid brushwork, awareness of atmosphere, and fine multi-layered composition characteristic of a classic Group period painting. Lismer’s palette is rich, and his handling of the sky with its floating clouds passing in and out of sunlight is expert. He captures the uniqueness of a small town on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, with its scattering of houses and the all-important centre of religious life, the rural church, whose spires echo the masts of the boats in the foreground. Lismer sets up a rhythmic energy in this vivid work, particularly in the diagonal and vertical strokes in the sky, which exude vitality.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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