Lot # 145
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

John Goodwin Lyman
CAS CGP EGP FRSA 1886 - 1967 Canadian

The Cliffs of Cedarville
oil on canvas board
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "E-2630" and "2916"
18 x 29 7/8 in  45.7 x 75.9cm

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Atelier J. Lukacs, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

On John Lymanís return to Canada from France in 1931, he had a considerable impact on the Quebec art scene. In 1939, he founded the Contemporary Art Society of Montreal, and he was a co-founder of the group Atelier. After living in Europe, he had a cosmopolitan view, which he disseminated in articles on art for The Montrealer. In 1949, he became a professor at McGill University, ultimately becoming director of its Fine Arts Department.

In 1954, Lyman began summering in Massachusetts in locations such as Cape Cod, where Cedarville Landing is located. He spent the summer of 1957 there, and also the fall of 1958, when he was filmed by the National Film Board for the television series Profils et passages. Works such as this beautiful, dreamy scene connect with the tradition of atmospheric scenes of leisure portrayed by French Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Lymanís friend James Wilson Morrice. The concept of spending pleasurable summer holidays at the seaside is a modern one, and Lyman embraced this subject, painting beach scenes in locations ranging from France and Spain to the Caribbean and North America.

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