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Artist Lismer, Arthur
Title Tree in the Forest, BC
Accession # 001.12.250
Object Type painting
Date 1958
Medium oil
Support canvas
Dimensions H-61 W-51 cm
Description
Arthur Lismer was an English-Canadian painter and a member of the Group of Seven. Lismer collaborated with other artists to form the Group of Seven after working for Grip, a satirical magazine based in Toronto. The group was known for its depictions of the North American wilderness and intended to contribute to the process of giving Canada a distinctive national voice in painting. As an immigrant from England, Lismer was fascinated by the Canadian landscape of rocks, pines, and expansive stretches of tumultuous water and sky. Lismer's later, expressionist style, concentrated on detailed foregrounds and tightly framed, close-up compositions of vegetation and land formations, as shown in Tree in the Forest..
Biographical Information:

In Toronto, Lismer Hall, the auditorium at Humberside Collegiate Institute is named in his honour. He painted one of the largest murals in Canada for the school during the 1930s that hangs on the auditorium's walls today. During the Centennial of the City of Toronto, in 1934, Lismer was on the Pictures Committee. His work in art education was effective; and this service to the wider community caused Lismer to become influential in ways not achieved by his artist colleagues. He had also started a children's art program at the Art Gallery of Toronto which became successful in the 1930s. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a Companion of the Order of Canada. Lismer died on March 23, 1969 in Montreal, Quebec and was buried alongside other members of the Original Seven at the McMichael Gallery Grounds.