Arthur Lismer

Caledon, Spring c.1922,

oil on board
9 x 12 in

Laing Galleries, Toronto
Heffel Auction, Nov. 8, 2001, lot #87
Private collection, Vancouver

While most widely known for their depictions of the north - Algonquin Park, Algoma, Lake Superior and the Arctic – the members of the Group of Seven were by and large Toronto based. During the early years, beginning in 1914, the newly opened studio building at 25 Severn St. acted as the Group’s headquarters.
By the time the seven original members formally founded the Group in 1920 most of them were in their early 30s. Led by JEH MacDonald, many of the group members, Lismer included, moved north of the city to Thornhill. From here, day trips to easily accessible areas such as Credit Forks, Rockwood, Bolton Hills, and Caledon fulfilled their search for elemental grandeur.
Caledon Hills is an early “Group Period” sketch and shares many pictorial elements as a number of Lismer’s most iconic works.