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LOT 025

CAS CGP EGP FRSA
1886 - 1967
Canadian

Lake Laurentian II
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1933 on the labels and inscribed variously
13 x 16 in, 33 x 40.6 cm

Available for post auction sale. CAD

PRICE: $11,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

PROVENANCE
Collection of the Honourable Florence Bayard Bird (nee Rhein)
By descent to the collection of John H.W. Rhein III, USA
Wiederseim Associates Inc., Phoenixville, PA, September 30, 2020, lot 510
Collection of David Ben, Toronto

LITERATURE
John Lyman, 1886 – 1967, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1986, reproduced page 149

EXHIBITED
Art Association of Montreal, 52nd Spring Exhibition, 1935, titled as Laurentian Lake, catalogue #192
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 #45


This classic Quebec scene by John Lyman comes with a fascinating provenance and strong exhibition history. The painting was once owned by CBC broadcast journalist and senator, the Honourable Florence Baynard Bird, who was appointed by Lester B. Pearson to chair the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada. The work then passed to her nephew, American publisher and children’s book author John H.W. Rhein III. Most recently, it was owned by illusionist, author, and magic historian David Ben.

Shortly after this painting was produced, it was exhibited in the Art Association of Montreal’s 52nd Spring Exhibition, and fifty years later it would be a part of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s major Lyman retrospective marking the artist’s centenary, which toured extensively from 1986 to 1988. Lyman’s important place in Canadian Modernism has been celebrated in many ways over the last century, perhaps most notably in the impressive exhibition “Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse” held at the Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec, and at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection beginning in the fall of 2014. Here, Lyman presents us with his characteristic minimal, rounded forms and his typically warm handling of light.


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