Jori Smith

Portrait of a Child, 1952

oil on canvas, double sided
20x15.5 in.

signed and dated 52 lower right

Marjorie Smith was a member of the group of Montreal painters who grew out of shared training at the Art Association of Montreal, an influential school that was a chrysalis for so many of Canada’s great painters. Smith went on to establish a style all her own, but perhaps influenced by her friend Jean Paul Lemieux. Her portraits of children, most often single, and women, also as single sitters, uses colour freely and applies it with a vivid an expressive hand.


1907-2005 Jori Smith’s extensive painting career spanned nearly seventy years. She began her art studies at the Art Association of Montreal with Randolph Hewton in 1922, and later the same year transferred to the Ecole des Beaux Arts where she received a number of awards. In 1926 Albert Laberge, art…