Nora Frances Elizabeth Collyer
1898 - 1979
Austin, Eastern Townships, PQ
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1976 and on verso signed, titled and dated
28 x 30 in, 71.1 x 76.2 cm
Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000
Sold for: $67,250
Continental Galleries, Montreal
Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 23, 2007, lot 127
Private Collection, Vancouver
Nora Collyer’s parents were prominent members of Montreal’s English Protestant society, and their wealth enabled her to study at the Art Association of Montreal under Maurice Cullen and William Brymner. She joined the Beaver Hall Group in 1920, which was the first Canadian artists’ association in which women played a prominent role. Collyer became a gifted educator, teaching at the Art Association of Montreal, as well as giving private classes.
This large scale painting is a fine example of a subject that Collyer was well known for – the Quebec countryside of the Eastern Townships. Austin was in an area familiar to Collyer – near to Foster, where her family had a cottage called Hillcrest, which was one of the popular weekend gathering places for her Beaver Hall friends. Also nearby was the summer cottage called Strawberry Hill that Collyer owned at Magog on Lake Memphremagog, where she spent every summer from 1950 to 1967. Collyer’s Eastern Township landscapes are known for their rich colour and the gentle rhythms of the rolling hills into which the farms and villages are nestled, exuding a rich feeling of peace and comfort.
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