Western Canada’s only member of the Group of Seven, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald captured the quintessential beauty of the Canadian prairies in his iconic and ethereal paintings and drawings.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) imbued his art with the beauty and essence of his surroundings. Although he became the Group of Seven’s tenth member in 1932, his style was vastly different from his counterparts in Ontario. His realist images of domesticity revealed his focus on the extraordinary aspects of everyday life rather than the Canadian wilderness.
Quiet in personality and passionate about art, as both principal and teacher at the Winnipeg School of Art from the 1920s to the 1940s FitzGerald inspired a generation of students. During the last years of his life, his West Coast sojourns in British Columbia saw his painting style move toward abstraction.
Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald: Life & Work considers how FitzGerald’s art transcends subject matter and empirical observation, addressing universal issues that still resonate beyond the borders of his native home. It offers an account of Canada’s most important early twentieth-century painter, and how his art came to epitomize the prairie landscape experience by perfecting the quintessential Western Canadian look of land, sky, trees, and, most importantly, the penetrating, intense light.
Michael Parke-Taylor is an independent researcher and art historian based in Toronto, Ontario. Previously he was curator of modern art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and curator of exhibitions at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. He has created numerous exhibitions on Canadian artists, including In Seclusion with Nature: The Later Work of L. LeMoine FitzGerald, 1942–1956 for the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba.
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- Publication will coincide with a major travelling retrospective of FitzGerald’s art, opening at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, in fall 2019, and then the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba, in spring 2020.
- Western Canada’s only member of the Group of Seven and one of Canada’s first abstract painters.
- Creator of one of Canada’s most iconic paintings: Doc Snyder’s House, 1931.
- FitzGerald’s paintings can be found in art institutions across Canada, with a particularly strong concentration of them in Manitoba.
- 80 full-colour illustrations, many of works that have never before been reproduced.
- Includes a “Where to See” section that directs readers to the public institutions that hold the artworks illustrated in the book. It also provides the location and contact information for each.
- Includes a glossary of important artistic terms that occur throughout the book, including people, artistic techniques, materials, and institutions.
- Part of the Canadian Art Library Series, the only fully illustrated series on Canadian artists.
- The Canadian Art Library Series makes Canadian art history a contemporary conversation with its accessible, beautiful, and informative books on individual artists. The series highlights the diversity of artists, techniques, and styles in Canadian art and aims to make lesser-known artists household names.
- The website of the Art Canada Institute is visited by just under a million readers each year. The ACI site engages academics and art lovers alike. It is the go-to resource on Canadian art history.