LIONEL LEMOINE FITZGERALD
oil on canvas, laid down on board
4.25 ins x 7.75 ins; 10.8 cms x 19.7 cms
FitzGerald was born in Winnipeg and, except for a short time spent in New York at the Art Students’ League during the winter of 1921, he spent his entire life on the prairies. As a prairie painter, it was light and space which were the subject of his landscapes. In the artist’s notes published in the catalogue for his memorial exhibition, FitzGerald alludes to the fecund opportunity provided by his native land, one that non-Manitobans may be quick to dismiss. He remarked: “It naturally requires more thought and concentration to discover the beauty in a common thing, but the very search reveals the artist to himself in a more intense way.” Such commentary speaks to a man who is described by those who knew him well as “intensive rather than extensive,” an artist whose output was a result of contemplation, concentration and a willingness to reflect.
L.L. FitzGerald 1890-1956: A Memorial Exhibition (catalogue), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, 1958, unpaginated.
Private Collection, Montreal