Lot Sale Results

Arthur Lismer
Fall 2015 - 2nd Session Live auction

Lot # 175

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

oil on board
signed with stamped signature and on verso titled on the gallery label and the exhibition label, dated 1919, inscribed "oil" and stamped with the Arthur Lismer Estate stamp
9 x 12 in  22.9 x 30.5cm

Estate of the Artist
Kastel Gallery Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario

Gemey Kelly, Arthur Lismer: Nova Scotia, 1916 - 1919, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1982, reproduced page 45

Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Arthur Lismer: Nova Scotia, 1916 - 1919, December 2, 1982 - October 2, 1983, catalogue #20

From 1916 to 1919, Arthur Lismer lived in the village of Bedford, outside of Halifax, where he was principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design. Lismer was very productive while in Nova Scotia; he rented a studio where he did freelance work such as murals, as well as his own painting. While there, his subjects included harbour scenes that featured the military vessels present there during World War I and seascapes such as this. Lismer was commissioned by the Canadian War Memorials Fund, which issued him special permits to sketch around the harbour, with its military fortifications. This delightful painting adeptly captures the freshness of the foaming waves crashing on the rocks, and a sky full of floating clouds adds a dreamy atmosphere. Lismer's interest in sky and cloud formations derived from his study of John Constable and the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Romantic tradition of landscape painting. However, Lismer's treatment was entirely modern - his palette of whites, translucent green and rich blues is light-filled; his brush-stroke vigorous and expressionist; and the sense of immediacy almost makes one catch the scent of salt air.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $44,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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