Arthur Lismer (1885 - 1969)
Forest B.C, 1962
Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal
Oil on panel
40 cm x 29,8 cm / 15,75'' x 11,75''
Signed and dated 62 lower right
A few years after the break-up of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer began a new artistic period described by Dennis Reid as " filled with honesty, idealism, and a daring willingness to rethink Canadian Landscape painting - to move from the harmony of his early painting to a tougher vision of the land and to a more vibrant, harsher palette » 1. Beginning in 1951, Arthur Lismer spent his summers at Long Beach on Vancouver Island, and was fascinated by mature trees and lush vegetation.
Lismer's later works (1950-1960) are more intimate and present a personal vision of his reflections on nature. The forest giant's motive appeared in his work in the early 1950s and, according to Dennis Reid, evoked the memory of Emily Carr and her vision of rainforests in British Columbia2 .
In Forest B.C., Arthur Lismer looks at a solitary tree firmly rooted in the soil of a dense forest. The low-angle view he uses reinforces the giant's impression of immensity in the foreground. The saturated greens in contrast to the vibrant oranges used by the painter cast a theatrical light on the stage.
1-Dennis Reid, 1985, Canadian Jungle : The Later Work of Arthur Lismer, Toronto : The Art Gallery of Ontario, p. 7
2-Dennis Reid, 1985, Canadian Jungle : The Later Work of Arthur Lismer, Toronto : The Art Gallery of Ontario, p.51
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