LOT 129

1885 - 1969

Sumac and Sunshine, Georgian Bay
oil on board
signed and on verso signed, titled, dated Aug. 1944 and inscribed "8" (circled) / "#358" / "#6123"
11 3/4 x 15 5/8 in, 29.8 x 39.7 cm

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 CAD

Sold for: $85,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, May 17, 1988, lot 205
Kaspar Gallery, Toronto
Walter Tilden, Toronto
By descent to Robert Tilden, Calgary
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Vancouver

Each member of the Group of Seven had painting places that held special meaning, and for Arthur Lismer, that place was Georgian Bay. It had a rhythm and light particular to itself, and Lismer perceived and loved the life force that permeated its earth, sky and water. Lismer’s paintings were not only about the vistas - which were beautiful. He was also fascinated with life at the surface of the land – the vigour of the primeval Canadian Shield boulders, the plucky low growth springing from the crevices around them, and the hardy pines, tested by storms and tenaciously rooted into the earth. Lismer stated that his Group colleagues “stepped right over the foreground of their paintings as if it did not exist,” but for him, the twisting roots and chaotic undergrowth were fascinating and expressive of the vitality he felt in Georgian Bay. This bright and cheerful painting captures this dynamism – branches twist, golden vegetation rises in spikes, and the distinctive leaves of the sumac in bold fall colours flutter over the rocks in animated streaks.

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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