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JOHN LYMAN

 
 
 
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John Lyman
The Beach, St-Jean-de-Luz, 1957
Oil on canvas 20" x 26" (Sold)
 
   
   
John Lyman Biography
 
   
 
John Lyman was both a modern Canadian artist of enormous importance and a highly influential figure in the promotion of modernism among the artistic community in Quebec. Born to American parents in Biddeford, Maine in 1886 his father had already become a Canadian and was living in Montreal. He abandoned university after a couple of years at McGill and shortly thereafter chose to study art in Paris as well as in London according to Louis Dompierre’s John Lyman catalogue "I Live By My Eyes" (published in 1986 to accompany the important Lyman exhibition organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queens University.)(1) John Lyman knew James Wilson Morrice and was a tremendous admirer of Morrice’s work exhibited in Paris at the time. (Fully 35 years later, in 1945, Lyman wrote Morrice, a short book about Morrice published by Éditions de l’Arbre.) In these early Paris days Lyman availed himself of the opportunity to study in the newly opened Academie Matisse, Henri Matisse being a master who Lyman held in highest esteem.

After exhibiting his paintings in Montreal at The Art Association of Montreal in 1913 where they were the object of strong and derisive criticism by the local press , for all intents and purpose Lyman was to reject Canada, living for the most part in Europe for the next 18 years. Back in Canada in the fall of 1931, Louise Dompierre says that his attitude had changed and that this "broadly educated man" now "matured and experienced . . . came back with a sense of mission and a need to proclaim his own views. He saw the need for a number of organizations that were to provide artists and the public with new opportunities to display and enjoy art. . . . he saw Canada as a place where things could be done . . . Lyman made the upcoming decades a period of cultural radicalism parallel to the political radicalism of the 1930s" (page 55).

In the fall of 1931, he joined the teaching staff of the Atelier, a local art school. He then became a regular columnist in the Canadian Forum, a highly influential cultural periodical of the day. He and his wife, Corinne St - Pierre, hosted young artists both French and English in their home and he held Wednesday evening meetings in this studio where artists, interested businessmen and others could participate. Come the late 1930s Lyman was the catalyst to the Contemporary Arts Society which wrote as its objectives to " . . . give support to contemporary trends in art and further the artistic interests of its members by any means at its disposal" (pg 77). Lyman himself exhibited in most of the CAS exhibitions as well as with the Eastern Group of Painters and also at Montreal’s Dominion Gallery. Shortly before Paul-Emile Borduas published the Refus Global he resigned his one-year presidency of the CAS and subsequently was disappointed when John Lyman did not become a supporter. From 1949 until 1958, Lyman was active in the Department of Fine Arts at McGill University, ultimately as Chairman of the department.


(1) Source: John Lyman 1886-1967, "I Live By My Eyes", Louise Dompierre, , catalogue for an exhibition organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
 
 
 
John Lyman paintings sold
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Regatta at San Sebastian, 1929
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The Crane Beach, Barbados, circa 1957
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The Green Sarong, c. 1935
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Petit Bouquet, c. 1955
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Cowansville, 1917
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Vacation, 1950
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Morning in the Bay II
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Lake Massawippi XV, 1945
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Flowers and Fruit, 1950
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Indigo Sea, Cape Cod
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The Beach, St-Jean-de-Luz, 1957
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Negress, ca. 1945
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Swiss Essay No. 1, 1911
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The Boat Builder's Slip, Chatham, ca. 1963
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Anemones
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Le Luxembourg - Paris, 1923
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Lac Ouimet, Mont Tremblant, 1941
 

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