LOT 142

1886 - 1967

Equestrian Act
oil on board, 1940
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "More lighter...inside ring"
15 1/2 x 16 1/8 in, 39.4 x 41 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Mr. and Mrs. Ethier Blais, Montreal
Mr. de Kampnick, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

G. Viau, “Peintres et sculpteurs de Montréal,” Journal of RAIC, November 1956, reproduced page 440, titled as Écuyers de Cirque au Forum
Louise Dompierre, John Lyman, 1886 – 1967, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1986, page 55, reproduced page vIII and listed page 165

Dominion Gallery, Montreal, John Lyman and Louis Archambault, 1940, catalogue #35
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, John Lyman, 1886 – 1967, September 26 – November 23, 1986, traveling in 1986 – 1988 to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Edmonton Art Gallery; Winnipeg Art Gallery; London Regional Art Gallery; Musée du Québec, Quebec City; and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, catalogue #60

John Lyman lived abroad for many years; in 1909, he moved to France, where he studied with Henri Matisse. He was wealthy and led a nomadic life, traveling through Europe, North Africa and the West Indies. Lyman exhibited in Paris at such venues as the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, Salon des Tuileries and Salon d’Automne. In 1931, he returned to Canada, where he quickly rose to prominence as a modernist in Montreal’s art community, showing through the Eastern Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society. Louise Dompierre wrote that Lyman was “one of the key figures to emphasize internationalism and to spread ideas which were to lead to major artistic changes, not only in the thirties but in the following two decades as well.” Equestrian Act embodies core characteristics of Lyman’s mature work: a sense of equilibrium, simplicity of form and the use of colour to articulate space. Forms are streamlined and finely balanced – one horse calmly regards the other, as it promenades in its show gait. In Equestrian Act, Lyman has captured a fascinating scene of horse enthusiasts enjoying the refined performance of dressage.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

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