George Pepper

Lighthouse

1931
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."
Title
Lighthouse
Date
1931
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas, mounted on hardboard
Dimensions
107.5 x 91.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Bequest of Kathleen Daly, Toronto, 1995
Accession number
37842

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