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LOT 104

Arthur Lismer
1885 - 1969

The Pine Tree, Georgian Bay
oil on canvas, circa 1923 - 1925
signed and on verso inscribed "A.Y Jackson"
24 x 30 in 61 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000

Sold for: $229,250

Preview at:

Private Collection, Winnipeg
By descent to the present Private Collection, Ontario

Lois Darroch, Bright Land: A Warm Look at Arthur Lismer, 1981, page 104

Some of Arthur Lismer’s most renowned paintings are of Georgian Bay scenes with pine trees, such as A September Gale, Georgian Bay from 1921 and Pine Wrack from 1933, two canvases in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. For Lismer, Georgian Bay was his special painting place – he stayed there often during summers, renting cottages in locations such as McGregor Bay. Lois Darroch wrote that at Georgian Bay, “Lismer’s sense of the everlasting came through a feeling for a life force...Storm or stillness, sun or shadow, rock or tree, every animate or inanimate thing vibrated for him.” He was in tune with the area’s wild weather, primordial rock formations and tenacious trees. For the Group of Seven and their colleague Tom Thomson, the pine tree was an icon of the Canadian landscape. Here, a magnificent mature pine dominates Lismer’s image, set against a stunning backdrop of darkened clouds, a luminous strip of peridot-toned water and a sky suffused with the yellow glow of sunset. Lismer’s vigorous, raw brushwork ensures that The Pine Tree, Georgian Bay transcends the picturesque and embodies the inspiring life force he felt at Georgian Bay.

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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