The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 116
ARTHUR LISMER, O.S.A., R.C.A.
  • ARTHUR LISMER, O.S.A., R.C.A.
  • ARTHUR LISMER, O.S.A., R.C.A.
  • ARTHUR LISMER, O.S.A., R.C.A.

116

ARTHUR LISMER, O.S.A., R.C.A.

TREE STUDY

pen and wash
signed and dated ‘64
Sight 15.25 ins x 11.5 ins; 39.4 cms x 29.2 cms

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $2,040
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

In 1950, the year of Arthur Lismer’s major retrospective at the Art Gallery of Toronto and the National Gallery of Canada, Lismer and his wife, Esther, first holidayed on Vancouver Island. It was a place to which he would return for sixteen summers.

The forest captivated him in much the way he had been struck by Georgian Bay over thirty-five years earlier. However, he painted the great shafts of the mighty Pacific coast trees in an altogether different way than he had the spindlier trees of Ontario.

Marjorie Bridges, the artist’s daughter, writes that her father “liked to experiment with different styles... He was also much intrigued with the art of China and Japan and used oriental brushes and black ink to follow the rhythm and flowing lines of Hokusai. These were not done with exhibitions of sales in mind, but for his own satisfaction - just to show himself that he could master other styles.”

Literature:

Marjorie Lismer Bridges, A Border of Beauty: Arthur Lismer’s Pen and Pencil, Red Rock, Toronto, 1977, page 151.

Provenance:

Private Collection, Toronto

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Artist Groups: Group Of Seven
Signed