LOT 225

1885 - 1969

A Summer Gale, Georgian Bay
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed and titled
16 x 20 in, 40.6 x 50.8 cm

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

Sold for: $49,250

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Estate of the Artist
The Collection of Torben V. Kristiansen, Vancouver

Arthur Lismer celebrates the forces of nature in this striking canvas. A mass of foaming waves moves towards the rocky shoreline on the right of the scene. The strength of the wind is suggested by both the waves and the windswept pine trees in the background. In the foreground is a rocky formation where Lismer has set a small, twisted branch, torn from a tree by the force of the wind. This key element, depicted in opposition to the overall left-to-right movement of the image, informs our reading of the painting. That Lismer has placed this rugged branch counter to the work’s main visual thrust serves to emphasize the force of the gale and the power of the waves on Lake Huron. Tellingly, Lismer does not paint the waves crashing onto the rocky shoreline. We feel the force of the gale in the bent trees of the background, the roiling surface of the water, and in the rough, bare forms of the rocky shore—a shore that has been shaped by the forces of wind and water over thousands of years.

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

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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