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LOT 114

Arthur Lismer
1885 - 1969

West Wind, Georgian Bay
oil on board
signed and dated 1943 and on verso signed and titled on a label
12 x 15 1/2 in 30.5 x 39.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $55,575

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Marjorie Lismer Bridges, A Border of Beauty, 1977, page 28

Arthur Lismer said that, whenever possible, he went to Georgian Bay, and so great was his feeling for it that he did some of his best work there. The element of wind at Georgian Bay is a powerful shaper of this landscape. In West Wind, Georgian Bay, Lismer shows its presence in the wind-blown pines, the waves whipped up in the bay and the clouds scudding across the sky, through his energized, expressionist brushwork. Lismer was fascinated with the appearance of the “pines, turned away in ragged disarray from the west wind, presenting a strange pattern against the sky and water.” Two of his masterpiece oils with a stormy subject are A September Gale, Georgian Bay, 1921, and A Westly Gale, Georgian Bay, 1916, both in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The west wind is an iconic presence in Canadian landscape, such as in Tom Thomson’s famous 1917 canvas The West Wind, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Fresh and full of life, Lismer’s exuberant oil sketch exudes the romance of the west wind.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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