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of the September Gale Theme in
Arthur Lismer's Painting, 1912-21
by Barry Lord, Associate Fellow, Dept. of Communications Conestoga
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1 NGC acc. No. 3360.
2 J. B. McLeish, September Gale (Toronto: J. M. Dent Sons,
1955). p. 12.
3 In conversation with the author.
4 McLeish, op. cit., pp. 13-14.
5 ibid., p. 15; cf. Donald W. Buchanan, The Growth
of Canadian Painting (London and Toronto: Collins, 1950), p.36.
6 McLeish, op. cit., pp. 40-41.
7. NGC acc. No. 6540. The painting exhibited as catalogue No. 28 in
the exhibition The Collection of Ml and Mrs Charles S. Band,
Art Gallery of Toronto (now Art Gallery of Ontario), 1963, said
to be signed and dated on the back .'Arthur Lismer 1912.' is in tact
not so dated. Its title is not Ontario Northern Lake as
published (catalogue, p. 17) but Ontario Mountain Lake, and
it would appear from the style to be at least ten and quite possibly
twenty years later in date.
8 NGC acc. No. 3708; for reference to the tree motif, cf. Dr
R. H. Hubbard, The Development of Canadian Art (Ottawa:
National Gallery of Canada, 1963), p. 91.
9 NGC acc. No. 3004.
10 NGC acc. No. 1519.
11 In conversation with the author; on the importance of the
Canadian scene, cf. F. B. Housser, A Canadian Art Movement, (Toronto: Macmillan, 1926), pp. 31, 46-47, 177-78.
12 Oil on canvas, ca. 20 x 24 ins., signed and dated lower left
"A Lismer / 13"; probably exhibited as The Clearing, Ontario
Society of Artists, 1913; cf. Housser, op. cit., p.
13 op. cit., pp. 29-30; regarding the site of September
Gale, cf. Dr C. F. Comfort, "Georgian Bay Legacy," Canadian
Art, VIII (Spring 1951), 108.
14. NGC acc. No. 4298.
15. Collection Mrs David R. Stratford, Vancouver.
16. NGC acc. No. 6403.
17. Perhaps the earliest appearance of the silhouette horizon of
trees and islands is in Lismer's illustration to Marjorie L. C.
Pickthall's poem "island Song" in Toronto Saturday
Night, Christmas Number, 1911, p. 38. I am indebted to Sybille
Pantazzi, Librarian of the Art Gallery of Ontario, for drawing my attention to this and other
18 39 1/2 x 44 1/2 ins., NGC acc. No. 1155; an example of the
importance mistakenly attributed to this painting is to be found in
Dr R. H. Hubbard, op. cit., p. 95.
19 NGC acc. No. 6520.
20 NGC acc. No. 940.
21 AGO acc. No. 50147.
22 AGO acc. No. 52113.
23 NBM acc. No. 25887; oil on canvas 20 1/8 x 24 1/8 ins., signed and
dated lower right "A Lismer / 14"; reproduced in Catalogue
of Pictures and Sculpture given by Canadian Artists in Aid of the
Patriotic Fund, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, December30,
1914-1915, exhibited in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Saint John,
Ouebec, Montreal, Ottawa, London and Hamilton (no pagination), as #25; purchased from that exhibition by H. A.
Saint John, N.B.; Gift to the Museum by Mrs H. A. Powell and Miss Pauline Powell, Saint John, 1936.
24 AGO acc. No. 50/50.
25 NGC acc. No. 1369.
26 NGC acc. No. 4733; signed and dated lower left "A Lismer /
27 Another which may probably be dated about 1917 -19, judging from
a photograph, is Little Seaboat, an oil-on- panel sketch, 8%
x 11% ins., in coll. City of Sheffield Art Galeries, signed
lower right "A Lismer", presented by Mrs Wilson Hague,
1962. Its steep, almost vertical viewpoint is the only notable
characteristic for our theme; its style is the impasto of his
28 NGC acc. No. 4756.
29 NGC acc. No. 4753.
30 Collection Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, N. B.; cf.
E. H. MacDonald, R. C. A., 1873-1932, Art Gallery of Toronto (now
Art Gallery of Ontario), 1965, #19, p. 25.
31 MMF acc. No. 1123.
32 MMF acc. No. 1124.
33 NGC Canadian War Memorials Collection acc. No. C-363.
34 NGC Canadian War Memorials Collection acc. No. 358.
35 AGO acc. No. 1334.
36 Collection the Right Honourable Vincent Massey, Batterwood House,
37 AGO acc. Nos. 2547, 5046.
38 Oil on panel 12 x 16 ins.; signed lower right "A Lismer",
39 Nancy E: Robertson, Introduction, J. E. H. MacDonald
R. C. A., 1873-1932,
Art Gallery of Toronto (now Art Gallery of Ontario), 1965, p. 11.
40 NGC acc. No. 1814.
41 NGC acc. No. 4582.
42 op. cit., p. 72.
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