Camouflaged Ships …

English: Title: Arthur Lismer, A.R.C.A. Source...
English: Title: Arthur Lismer, A.R.C.A. Source: Archives of Ontario Date: 1930 Creator: M.O. Hammond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook
Sir Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The next Group of Seven painter I’m writing about today is Arthur Lismer.

Arthur Lismer was born on June 27, 1885, in Sheffield, England.  He came to Canada in 1911, moving to Toronto, and took a job at Grip Ltd – a satirical magazine – where he met many of the members who would make up the Group of Seven.

In wartime Halifax, he was inspired by the shipping and naval activity of the port, especially the camouflaged ships.  His works were noticed by Lord Beaverbrook, who arranged for Lismer to be commissioned as an official war artist.

He felt that the Group of Seven was contributing to the process of giving Canada a distinctive national voice via paintings.

In the 1930s, he started a children’s art program at the Art Gallery of Toronto, which brought him a certain amount of recognition.

In 1967, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.  _

Lismer died on March 23, 1969 in Montreal, Quebec.  He was buried along with other members of the original Group at the McMichael Gallery Grounds.

It’s interesting to note that Lismer Hall at Humberside Collegiate Institute in Toronto is named in his honour.  He painted an enormous mural for the school during the 1930s, and it hangs on the auditorium’s walls today.