Arthur Lismer

Canadian, Group of Seven, OCA

Arthur Lismer

Arthur Lismer, a Canadian painter born in England in 1885. He began his studies at the Sheffield School of Art in England and then at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.

The artist settled in Canada in 1911 and was hired by Grip Limited and Rous & Mann, advertising art firms. He meets the artists J.E.H. Macdonald, Franklin Carmichael and Tom Thompson began their first trips to Georgian Bay and Algonquin Park.

In 1916, Arthur Lismer became director of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax. In 1918, following the severe explosion of the Port of Halifax, Lismer illustrated the disaster in a series of drawings to be published in the Canadian Courier.

In 1919 he returned to Toronto as deputy director of the Ontario College of Art. The following year, in 1920, the Lismer officially founded the famous Group of Seven with his compatriots. Bearing in mind the memory of Tom Thompson, the group organizes excursions in the Algoma region and the north shore of the Lake Superior.

In 1927, Lismer left his post at the Ontario College of Art to become an educational supervisor at the Art Gallery in Toronto. He became the specialist in artistic training for children, which made him travel to South Africa, New York and Montreal. He decided to move to the Quebec metropolis in 1940. He taught for nearly 30 years at the Association of Montreal, now the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


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