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LOT 068

John Goodwin Lyman
1886 - 1967

La fille assoupie
oil on canvas, 1952
signed and on verso titled on the Dominion Gallery label and inscribed with the Dominion Gallery inventory #A3748
27 x 34 in 68.6 x 86.3 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection

Musee du Quebec, John Lyman Retrospective, November 23 - December 19, 1966, catalogue #166

John Lyman was raised in Montreal and initially trained as a writer. It was after seeing a work by James Wilson Morrice in Paris that he turned his interest to art. He found himself extremely drawn to the work of the revolutionary Fauvist French painter Henri Matisse. He sought him out and enrolled at the Académie Matisse where, though the students were taught by others, Matisse gave them a formal weekly critique, and would occasionally invite them to his home. Lyman saw several of Matisse’s masterpieces at his Issy-les-Moulineaux studio. Lyman lived most of his early life in Europe and abroad, returning to Montreal in 1931 to teach and paint. His work is characterized by its strong mood and depth of feeling – he often placed the main emphasis on colour, as with this lovely portrait of a girl resting on a bench. He worked tirelessly to foster appreciation for modern art in Canada and established The Lyman Summer Art Class in Quebec in the 1930s, and the Contemporary Arts Society in 1939.

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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