Artworks and Artists
Arthur Lismer
Born in Sheffield, England, 27 June 1885
Died in Montreal, Quebec, 23 March 1969
Photography: M.O. Hammond Collection, National Gallery of Canada Archives

Arthur Lismer

Born in 1885 in Sheffield, England, Arthur Lismer's youthful artistic talent won him scholarships at the Sheffield School of Art. He later worked as an illustrator for a local newspaper. In 1906 he continued his art studies at the Acadimie royale des beaux-arts in Antwerp, Belgium. Upon returning to England two years later, he attempted to make a living running his own design company, but after three difficult years, was lured to Canada with the prospect of better jobs. He was employed at Grip Limited in Toronto, where he met J.E.H. MacDonald, Frank Johnston, and Tom Thomson. In 1913 he made the first of many trips to Georgian Bay, whose wilderness landscape inaugurated his passion for the north country.