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LOT 111

Arthur Lismer
1885 - 1969

Georgian Bay
oil on canvas board
signed and dated 1946 and on verso titled, dated and inscribed "Property of Henrietta Banting / Purchased from the Framing Gallery 1964"
12 x 16 in 30.5 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at:

The Framing Gallery, Toronto
Collection of Dr. Henrietta Banting, Toronto, 1964
Sold sale of Canadian Art, Joyner Fine Art, May 16, 1989, lot 91
Private Collection, Toronto

While Arthur Lismer was exceptionally capable of depicting the grand vistas and expressions of nature’s magnitude for which the Group of Seven are renowned, his tightly framed compositions of dockside detritus and tangles of undergrowth serve as an interesting and important counterpoint. These compositions constitute a sizable portion of his body of work, and he focused on them throughout his long and multi-faceted career, producing numerous examples during his time in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. In this especially successful study, one senses his fascination with the organic jumble of form and colour at play in the vegetation and rock, expressed via his bold palette and demonstrative textures. As with much of Lismer’s work, Georgian Bay exudes a celebratory and jubilant tone – one of an artist who never failed to revel in the joys of creativity. This painting also boasts a fascinating provenance, having once been owned by Lady Henrietta Banting – doctor, cancer researcher, pioneering advocate for women in medicine, and wife of artist and scientist Sir Frederick Banting.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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