Artworks and Artists
L.L. FitzGerald
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 17 March 1890
Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 05 August 1956
Photography: M.O. Hammond Collection, National Gallery of Canada Archives

L.L. FitzGerald

L.L. (Lionel LeMoine) FitzGerald was accomplished both as an artist and art educator. His subjects reflected his detailed observations of nature and his relationship to Winnipeg and to Manitoba, where he was based throughout his life. As a young man FitzGerald had several jobs, including work in an engraver's plant and a stockbroker's office. He also took evening classes at A.S. Kesztheyli's Art School in 1909. He left the stockbroker's office in 1912, and did window displays, interior decorating, and painted theatre backdrops. Feeling the need for more training, he travelled to New York to study at the Art Students League with the Canadian-born artist Boardman Robinson and with Kenneth Hayes Miller during the winter of 1921-22.

Returning to Winnipeg, he worked in commercial design and became assistant to G. Keith Gebhardt, Principal of the Winnipeg School of Art in 1924, before his own appointment as Principal (1929-49). He continued to develop his work slowly and methodically during his teaching career, concentrating on landscapes and exhibiting primarily in Winnipeg and Toronto. FitzGerald was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933.