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Historic Art | Arthur Lismer R.C.A.

About the Artist

For sixteen years, beginning in 1951, Arthur Lismer would spend part of each Summer at Wickaninnish Bay, Long Beach on Vancouver Island. Lismer and his wife Esther would set out by train from Montreal to Vancouver. From Vancouver they took the ferry across to Nanaimo, a taxi to Port Alberni, a supply boat to the town of Ucluelet and a taxi to an inn on Wickaninnish Bay.

Lismer’s paintings from these trips were filled with the earth force, the vitality that was undeniably his mark. The colours of his palette were more restricted. Green predominated, for he was suuounded by the lush vegetation of the forest and growth was the essence of the life Lismer loved.
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