Lot # 113
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

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

Lake Superior
oil on board circa 1927
signed and on verso titled L. Superior and inscribed "to Beekie from Arthur Lismer, Jan. 1932"
12 1/4 x 16 1/8 in  31.1 x 41cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Lois Darroch, Bright Land: A Warm Look at Arthur Lismer, 1981, page 58

Exhibited:
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, on loan in 1979

After 1920, a bold, direct approach infused Arthur Lismerís art. He championed the need for Canadian artists to observe their subject and to hear the unique voice of Canada, rather than repeat the soft palette and misty atmosphere of England. He stated, ďCanada is not like that and neither are its people. It is a country without shades and shadows, with bright colours and brutal changes of climate. Even the sun goes down with a bang.Ē
Lake Superior was one of the Group of Sevenís most auspicious painting places. Lawren Harris and A.Y. Jackson had ventured there after their 1921 Algoma trip, and Harris had become enthralled with the region, inviting Lismer there in 1923 and 1927. Foul weather plagued their first trip, aggravated by the fact that they were camping. However uncomfortable the conditions were for the painters, the stormy skies in Lismerís Lake Superior works, including this fine sketch, add to the vitality of the work. Lismerís plein air work from these two trips was the inspiration for a number of his most famous Group period masterworks.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD  
Sold for: $76,050 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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