Lot # 108
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

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

View of Bedford Basin
oil on board
signed and on verso titled on the labels, dated Xmas 1916 and inscribed "To J.E. Roy from AL" and "18"
9 x 12 in  22.9 x 30.5cm

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the Artist by J.E. Roy
Manuge Gallery Limited, Halifax
Estate of Charles E. MacCulloch
Private Collection, Montreal

Exhibited:
Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Arthur Lismer: Nova Scotia, 1916 - 1919, December 2, 1982 - January 9, 1983, catalogue #3

In 1916, Arthur Lismer was appointed principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax, and the Lismer family rented a house in Bedford, a suburb 10 miles from the city at the mouth of the Sackville River. While living there, Lismer painted landscape subjects close at hand and views of Halifax Harbour, which was a fascinating sight at the time, since it was a wartime port filled with battleships and minesweepers. To the north of Halifax Harbour, a passage called the Narrows led to Bedford Basin, where the warships gathered to form a convoy to cross the Atlantic. Sometimes Lismer observed the basin filled with these ships, which would mysteriously depart during the night, leaving it empty and peaceful, as we see in this vivacious sketch. Lismer’s composition captures the beauty of this bay in gorgeous tones of blue, seen through a screen of foliage in the foreground flashing fall colours and presided over by a glowing cerulean sky marked by wisps of clouds in flight. His brushwork is unfettered and textural, capturing a feeling of a fresh, breezy day painted on the spot.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $49,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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