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Self-portrait,

Arthur Lismer
British, Canadian, 1885 - 1969
black chalk with pen and black ink on illustration board
76.1 x 48.2 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23677)

Judging from the spirit of this undated portrait, and confirmed by all accounts of his character, Lismer was a good-humoured man who could poke fun at himself as easily as at everyone around him. Although he is best known as a landscape painter, he was also an indefatigable caricaturist. His tie is decorated with an iconic Group of Seven motif: the wind-battered tree on an isolated Georgian Bay island.

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