Arthur Lismer R.C.A.

Rocks and Pine Trees, 1938

oil on board, double sided
16x20 in.
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Provenance
Private collection

This work likely depicts Georgian Bay, it has all the traits and characteristic of having been painted at one of his preferred locations there, somewhere in “The Happy Isles” as he called them. A very dynamic work, swirling and tightly composed, we seem to be looking straight down a cliff face into the valley below, with a river or lake’s edge beyond that. Lismer experimented with composition
often, the tangled, dense growth of the Georgian Bay shorelines required this, it was not an easy subject to tackle. The work also has echoes of his west coast tangles, and Lismer had been to Hawaii
in 1938, as well as Australia and New Zealand the year before.

Arthur Lismer, painter, educator (b at Sheffield, Eng 27 June 1885; d at Montréal 23 Mar 1969). Lismer studied at Sheffield School of Art 1899-1906 and the Académie royale des beaux-arts, Antwerp, 1906-07. He moved to Canada in 1911, seeking work as a commercial illustrator. At the Grip Engraving Co…