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Lighthouse, 1931

George Pepper
Canadian, 1903 - 1962
oil on canvas, mounted on hardboard
107.5 x 91.5 cm
Bequest of Kathleen Daly, Toronto, 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37842)

lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
In the summer of 1930 George Pepper's former teacher Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) painted at Grand Manan and on the east coast of Nova Scotia and the following summer Pepper and his wife Kay Daly painted at Peggy's Cove. The dramatically lit lighthouse, constructed in 1914, is presented as a stark sculptural form against the dark blue sky, literally a beacon in the dark. Exhibited in the 1931 exhibition of the Group of Seven, the Ottawa Citizen's critic wrote, "To anyone accustomed to the minute detail of recent realistic painting, this austere selection of the 'telling' aspects of a scene feels barren and freakish - and is promptly labeled 'modern' by those who are unaware that ancient art sprang from the same simplicity of outlook and severity of design."

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