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By Angela N. Grigor

Arthur Lismer, recognized member of the crowd of 7, was once additionally one in all Canada's such a lot cutting edge educators. utilizing formerly untapped correspondence and papers in addition to interviews with Lismer's instructing colleagues, baby scholars, and paintings scholars, Angela Nairne Grigor examines Lismer's Arts and Crafts stream history in his local England, the evolution of the humanistic principles and beliefs that guided his paintings as either an artist and a instructor, and his foreign impression as an educator. She supplies a shiny portrait of his method of educating in an illustrious fifty-year profession that took him from Toronto to Halifax, Montreal, big apple, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and through which he performed a pivotal position within the improvement of a few of Canada's most vital artwork faculties and museums. Lismer pioneered new revolutionary principles in artwork schooling via his paintings with little ones as academic manager on the paintings Gallery of Toronto and, later, at Montreal's Museum of good Arts. In exploring Lismer's improvement as an educator, Grigor strains the heritage of artwork schooling in twentieth-century Canada and charts altering attitudes in the direction of youngsters and paintings. Lismer emerges as an artist with a social moral sense who captured the hearts and minds of the millions who heard him converse or have been lucky sufficient to were his scholars. Arthur Lismer, Visionary artwork Educator comprises over a dozen drawings from Lismer's instructing and lecture notes that experience now not been formerly published.

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Up to the outbreak of the war, they were a group of friends who had similar ideas on painting. Lismer said of this time: "We owed little to our former training ... "62 In 1914 MacCallum commissioned Lismer, MacDonald and Thomson to paint a series of murals for his cottage at Go Home Bay. Lismer contributed seven panels, which were completed at different times over a period of two years. The Georgian Bay area provided the subject mat- T O R O N T O , 1 9 1 1 - 1 9 1 6 / 31 ter and reflected Lismer's sense of the grandeur and rugged nature of the Canadian Shield.

The club had been formed by a group who enjoyed working out of doors in the tradition of English landscape painters. It devel- THE E A R L Y Y E A R S / 15 oped in reaction to the somewhat stuffy Sheffield Society of Artists. Members of the club were Lismer's contemporaries at the art school, as well as working men and older artists such as Willis Eaden. Activities focused on outdoor sketching in oil and watercolour and on monthly meetings at which visiting artists discussed their work and gave a critique of members' drawings and paintings.

With the improvement in their finances, the Lismers were able to rent another house in Thornhill close to the MacDonalds. Lismer was happy to have steady work, which relieved him of the hard grind of the commercial field: "I disliked the advertising profession completely, although I remember it was at the time on a higher level than was general in England. "68 As Lismer began his life as an art instructor, he must have realized 32 / A L I F E IN ART how well he was suited to the task. "69 Teaching presented new difficulties, but with a positive attitude, he tackled the various problems as they arose.

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