Elliott Louis Gallery Canadian Fine Art

Arthur Lismer


1885-1969 Arthur Lismer, born at Sheffield (England). Studied at the Sheffield School of Art (1898-1905) and the Antwerp Academy (1906-1907). Came to Canada in 1911 and settled in Toronto. First visited Georgian Bay, with Dr. J.M. MacCullum, in 1914. Taught at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, 1915-1916. Principal of the Nova Scotia College of Art, Halifax, 1916-1919, and painted in Halifax for the Canadian War Memorials, 1917-1918. Returned to Toronto where he was vice-principal of the Group of Seven, 1920, and of the Canadian Group of Painters, 1933. Educational supervisor at the Art Gallery of Toronto, 1929-1936 and founder of the children's classes there. As an authority on child art he went to South Africa on a Carnegie educational project, 1936-1937, and taught at Columbia University, New York, 1938-1939. Did educational work at the National Gallery of Canada, 1939-1940, then in 1940 became principal of the school of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. From 1948 he has also taught at McGill University. A.R.C.A. in 1919, R.C.A. in 1946. LL.D. (Dalhousie) in 1942. Has painted in northern Ontario, Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence, the Gaspe, Newfoundland, and the Rocky Mountains.


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