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Local Colour, 1925

Arthur Lismer
British, Canadian, 1885 - 1969
graphite and coloured pencil on wove paper, mounted on cardboard
14 x 23.8 cm
Purchased 1991
National Gallery of Canada (no. 35614)

In the summer of 1925, Lismer accompanied fellow Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974) and the ethnographer Marius Barbeau on a trip to Île d'Orléans. Barbeau found plenty of material for his studies, but Jackson considered the topography of the area unsuited to landscape painting. Lismer, never at a loss for subjects to draw, sketched one of the many nuisances that Jackson recalled from this trip: a cow that persistently licked the back of his neck while he tried to paint.


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