Lot # 147
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Arthur Lismer
AAM CGP CSGA CSPWC G7 OSA RCA 1885 - 1969 Canadian

Lake on an Island, Georgian Bay
oil on board
signed and dated 1949 and on verso signed, titled, dated August 1949 and inscribed "$70"
12 x 15 3/4 in  30.5 x 40cm

Private Collection, Montreal

Lois Darroch, Bright Land: A Warm Look at Arthur Lismer, 1981, page 15

Arthur Lismer’s depictions of the ponds, lakes and backwaters of Georgian Bay are extraordinarily beautiful. In these works, small bodies of water appear nestled into the distinctive rock formations of the Canadian Shield and ringed by low vegetation and iconic windswept pine trees. This landscape was a revelation for Lismer, who exclaimed, “Georgian Bay - the happy isles, all different, but bound together in a common unity of form, colour and design. It is a paradise for painters.” The life force of this region delighted him, and he visited often. Lismer’s sharp perception of the great vitality present there can be seen here in his energized, expressionist brushwork and his use of the end of the brush to incise animated, flowing lines in the paint to suggest detail. The pigmentation is lush – the brilliance of a blue sky is reflected in still waters, and bright gold in the low vegetation gives fine contrast to the olive-toned pines. Lake on an Island, Georgian Bay is an exquisite work from Lismer’s Georgian Bay oeuvre.
The National Gallery of Canada has a similar oil entitled Little Lake (II) in its collection.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $61,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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