Underbrush I

Arthur Lismer

BIRTH YEAR 1885
BIRTH PLACE Sheffield, England
DEATH YEAR 1969
DEATH PLACE Montreal, Quebec

What do you see in this ink and wax crayon work by Arthur Lismer? In this sketch, a dynamic depiction of a forest floor is conveyed in short, quick brushstrokes, verging on abstraction. While Lismer, a member of the Group of Seven and later the Canadian Group of Painters, is known for his landscapes, much of his later work focused on close-up depictions of plant life and natural forms explored through energetic lines and a variety of mediums.

MEDIUM Ink and wax crayon on paper
DATE 1961
DIMENSIONS 28.3cm x 21.9cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0886
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A chaotic depiction, painted in black ink, of underbrush on a forest floor surrounding a log(?). Short, fast brushstrokes are used in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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