Laura Muntz Lyall R.C.A.

French River Scene, 1898

oil on canvas
23x28 in.
$7,500 Cdn.

Sale of Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Saturday, November 26, 2016, lot 813
Private collection, Calgary

Laura Muntz lived in Paris from 1893 to October 1898, and during this period her career and practice flourished. At a time when living as a single woman in most society was uncommon, Muntz supported herself with her art, teaching and administrative work, and became one of the first Canadian women artists recognized internationally. Her work from this period shows the increasing influence of the Impressionist style on her painting technique, and in French River Scene. Muntz makes work of soft brushwork across the canvas to render the calm, reflective river.

1860-1930 Laura Adeline Muntz Lyall came to Canada as a child and settled on a farm in Muskoka. She began her formal art training at 23, studying privately with J.W.L. Forster, and she became a school teacher in Hamilton. In 1887 she studied at South Kensington, and later in Paris…