John Goodwin Lyman

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John Goodwin Lyman

1886 - 1967
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John Lyman was born in Maine, USA in 1886 but grew up in Montreal, enrolling at McGill University in 1905 with an interest in writing. In 1907, a trip to Paris sparked his interest in art, and from 1907 to 1909 he attended various European art schools, including the Académie Matisse. Henri Matisse’s work was quite an influence on Lyman, as were the paintings of Canadian Impressionist James Wilson Morrice that were on display in Paris. Lyman’s first solo exhibition at the Art Association of Montreal in 1913 was not reviewed favorably, and he returned to France, then traveled extensively before returning to Montreal in 1931, following a well-received 1927 exhibition at Johnston Art Galleries in Montreal.

Lyman was an advocate for Canadian art and artists, and back in Montreal, co-founded the art school Atelier, and in 1939, established the Contemporary Arts Society. He also wrote art reviews for The Montrealer from 1936 to 1940, all the while continuing with his painting and drawing. In 1944 Dominion Gallery hosted a retrospective of his work, as well as a solo exhibition in 1955.

From 1949 to 1957 he taught at McGill University, becoming Chairman of the Fine Arts Department from 1952 to 1956. A retrospective was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1963, which traveled to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. His final major exhibition during his lifetime was in 1966, at the Musée du Québec, which traveled to the Musée d'art contemporain in Montreal. Lyman died in 1967.



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Beach Scene - La Grande Plage
20 x 26in 50.8 x 66cm
circa 1950
oil on board

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $207,000 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007



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Wellfleet Beach
16 x 20in 40.6 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $35,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $50,150 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 28, 2014



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Group on Provincetown Beach
12 x 16in 30.5 x 40.6cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $35,000 - $45,000 CDN
Sold for:   $46,800 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2012 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 22, 2012



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Intérieur
32 x 24in 81.3 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $41,300 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Spring 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 28, 2014



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Group on Provincetown Beach
12 x 16in 30.5 x 40.6cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $26,450 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's May 2004 auction on Saturday, May 29, 2004



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The House by the Sea, Bermuda
20 x 30in 50.8 x 76.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $21,850 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2005 auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2005



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Vacation / Vacances
27 1/4 x 30in 69.2 x 76.2cm
1950
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $18,000 - $22,000 CDN
Sold for:   $19,550 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2005 auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2005



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Low Tide
7 x 18in 17.8 x 45.7cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $14,000 - $18,000 CDN
Sold for:   $18,880 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's August 2016 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, August 25, 2016



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Hitchhikers II
26 x 20in 66 x 50.8cm
circa 1939 - 1940
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $15,000 - $25,000 CDN
Sold for:   $17,700 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fall 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014



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Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Singer
24 x 18in 61 x 45.7cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $16,100 CDN (premium included)
At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2008 auction on Thursday, May 22, 2008


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