Nora Collyer

Low Tide, c. 1938

oil on board
14x12 in.

Nora Collyer was an original member of Quebec’s Beaver Hall Group of painters. A recent touring exhibition and major catalogue of their work has shed more light on this group of painters, many of whom were women, and many of whom are lesser known than the quality of their work merits. Collyer was the youngest of the Group, and one of the most accomplished. She exhibited widely, her work was included in the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley and the 1939 New York World’s Fair, wherein she became known for her skill in handling composition, for having an eye for the transient effects of light, and for the richness of her jewel-toned palette.



Nora Collyer was born in Montreal. She studied at the Art Association of Montreal, one of the few art institutions that admitted female students at the time. The school was directed by RCA president, William Brymner. At the AAM (which later became the Montreal Museum of Fine Art), she received…