Lauded Légaré & Lyman

Continuing my theme of Canadian painters, I have a treat for you.  Two great artists: Joseph Légaré and John Goodwin Lyman, both settled in the province of Quebec.

✔  Joseph Légaré was born on March 10, 1795, in Quebec City and passed away on June 21, 1855.  He was a painter and glazier, artist, seigneur and political figure in Lower Canada.  He was the eldest son in a family of six children.

The Martyrdom of Fathers Brébeuf and Lalemant
The Martyrdom of Fathers Brébeuf and Lalemant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He was the first landscape artist of French-Canadian origin, and in 1833, Légaré opened his own gallery in Quebec City, the first art gallery in Canada; it closed two years later.

Légaré painted a number of works depicting the “customs of North American Indians“. However, some of his more memorable works include: First Monastery of the Ursulines at Quebec, Memorials of the Jesuits of New France, The Martyrdom of Brothers Brebeuf and Lalement and The Battle of Sainte-Foy.

The 1980 film A Québécois Rediscovered: Joseph Légaré 1795-1855 was made about his life.

✔  Next. let me tell you about John Goodwin Lyman.

John Goodwin Lyman was born on 29 September 1886, and passed away at age 80 on 26 May 1967.  He was a Canadian modernist painter active largely in Montreal. In the 1930s.  He founded the Contemporary Art Society in 1939. Stylistically, he opposed both the Group of Seven and the Canadian Group of Painters, painting in a more “refined” style influenced by the School of Paris.

Woman with a White Collar, 1936. Oil on Cardboard.
Woman with a White Collar, 1936. Oil on Cardboard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1938 Lyman began to gather Montreal painters who were disillusioned with the Canadian Group and The Group of Seven, and in December of that year they exhibited together as The Eastern Group of Painters.


  1. I like this paintings especially the woman. I could use that as the next gravatar. 😛 As for the painting about the Ursulines in Quebec, I think I would like to take a peek on that one. Thank you, Tk.


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