Lot Sale Results

Arthur Lismer
Fall 2009 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 239

Arthur Lismer
AAM CGP CSGA CSPWC G7 OSA RCA 1885 - 1969 Canadian

Maritime Still Life, Cape Breton, NS
oil on board
signed and dated 1946 and on verso signed, titled, dated on the artist’s label and inscribed "16"
12 x 16 in  30.5 x 40.6cm

Provenance:
Collection of the Artist
Charles S. Band, Toronto, acquired from the above in 1947
Estate of Helen E. Band, Toronto

Literature:
Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Band, 1953, National Gallery of Canada, listed, unpaginated
Dennis Reid, Canadian Jungle: The Later Work of Arthur Lismer, 1985, page 43

Exhibited:
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Paintings and Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Band, 1953, catalogue #36
Art Gallery of Hamilton, The C.S. Band Collection, November 5 - 30, 1954, catalogue #32

In 1945 Arthur Lismer returned to his former routine of summer painting holidays. In the summer of 1945, he took three sketching trips, including one to Cape Breton. Lismer found his sketching holiday in Cape Breton to be very successful and returned in 1946, 1948 and 1950. Dennis Reid writes, “The work done on Cape Breton Island - strong, assured, often innovative - dominates the period following the middle of the decade.” These nautical still lifes are a dramatic departure from his celebrated landscape paintings; they demonstrate his ability to successfully work with different subjects. Lismer was attracted by the fishing culture and the tools used to catch creatures from the sea. Reid comments, “These objects crafted by the fishermen were to Lismer evidence of a fundamental creative response to the environment, reflecting attitudes fixed on simple but profound values.”

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $43,875.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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