Arthur Lismer, Tree Stump, B.C. Forest, 1951
“Everything was growing, growing, growing – everything had a song… There – a contrast in the depth of cedar grove, or pine and spruce bush – here – a merciless tangle of fallen trees and age-long struggle with the elements… Overhead, the heavy interlacing branches permit but little light to penetrate. Only here and there a shaft of light has caught the top of a rotting stump, and burns like a sacrificial fire in some huge primeval temple.”
Farquhar McGillivray Knowles
Shoreline Scene, 1880
Aside from having the best name of all time, Knowles was also a prolific Canadian painter with a career that spanned over 40 years. Knowles developed his skills painting photos in the famous Notman & Fraser studios and made a killing during murals for rich peoples’ homes.
Knowles is perhaps best remembered for his impressionist seascapes.
Gwendolyn Best, Down to Lover’s Lane, n.d.
The cat sanctuary on Parliament Hill (known affectionately as Kitty Parliament) closed down earlier this year when all the stray cats were adopted out. Hopefully Best’s portraits of kitty parliament and its denizens can keep the memory of Canada’s most unusual cat shelter alive.
Andreas Christian Gottfried Lapine, A Stroll Through the Woods, n.d.
Lapine immigrated to Canada from a part of Russia that is now Latvia in 1905. He was hired at Brigden’s, a commercial art house in Toronto, and worked as an illustrator making images for the Eaton’s catalogue.