LOT 135

1885 - 1969

Gaspé Rocks
oil on board
signed and dated 1958 and on verso titled and dated on the gallery label and inscribed "0521T"
12 x 16 in 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Acquired from the above by the present Private Collection, Montreal

A teaching appointment at the Montreal Art Association brought Arthur Lismer to that city in 1941, and in 1948, he was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Fine Art at McGill University. He then explored sketching locations such as the Gaspé Peninsula in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region of eastern Quebec, on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Lismer had already shown his appreciation for rock formations while painting in locations such as Georgian Bay, with its Canadian Shield granite. Here he depicts strong visceral rock shapes – piled boulders that seem to pour down into molded shelfs below. An aperture in the rock reveals an influx of surging water; it compels the eye with its rich blue and is the focal spot of the painting. Lismer’s brushwork is powerful, and he loads his brush with a surprising range of colours – purples and blues to gold and orange. Gaspé Rocks was just the kind of landscape that fascinated this Group of Seven painter, who looked for powerful subjects in nature such as windswept shores, big skies, trees shaped by storms and this dramatic geological sculpture.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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