Work of the Week: "High Glacier" by Arthur Lismer

Date: May 8, 2020

    This week's Work of the Week is High Glacier by Arthur Lismer, a member of the Group of Seven. 

    May 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first exhibition of works by the Group of Seven. Their first formal exhibition took place on May 7, 1920 at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario). A series of humorous sketches by Arthur Lismer were part of that first exhibition. 

    About the Artist: Arthur Lismer (1885-1969)

    Born in Sheffield, England, Arthur Lismer immigrated to Canada in 1911, settling in Toronto.

    Lismer was a charter member of the Group of Seven. His Impressionist-style paintings of the 1910s evolved into a more angular and cruder expression that he equated with the rugged Canadian terrain and national identity.

    Did you know? While much of the work produced by the Group of Seven focused on eastern Canada, there was a strong connection between Alberta and members of the Group of Seven? 

    You can read more about this connection in the article Alberta and the Group of Sevenon our website. 

    You can see more historical artworks, including some by Lismer's fellow Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson, on the AFA Virtual Museum

    *Please note: the exhibition mentioned in this article is at Government House in Edmonton. Tours at Government House are suspended until further notice.