Artwork by Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald,  Apples and Greenhouse
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Cowley Abbott
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #11

L.L. FitzGerald
Apples and Greenhouse

oil on canvas, mounted on canvas
signed lower left
20.5 x 22.5 ins ( 52.1 x 57.2 cms )

Estimated: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

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Estimated: $8,000.00$6,000.00 - $8,000.00

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Provenance:
Private Collection, Winnipeg
The sensitive and decorative rendering of “Apples and Greenhouse” exemplifies the influence of Impressionism on L.L. FitzGerald, and reflect his interest in atmosphere and light. The colours used in this work are primarily cool and of varying shades of blues and mauves. The handling of these soft pastels draw attention to the textured surface of the canvas. Akin to the Impressionists, FitzGerald illustrates the colours of nature as a result of the play of light and shadow in the composition, rather than painting the colours directly from nature. The juxtaposition of the rich red of the apples amidst the soft, expressive colours of the composition, combined with the rhythmic lines of his brushwork, imbue the work with charm and vibrancy.
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Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald
(1890 - 1956) Group of Seven, WSC

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1890. His boyhood summers were spent on his grandmother's farm and a deep love of the prairies remained with him all of his life. After leaving school he wrote: "I worked in a wholesale drug office and, finding the job not quite satisfying, I felt the first real urge to draw, so I got some drawing paper, a pencil and an eraser and started work." He was 14. FitzGerald studied art in Winnipeg, Pittsburgh, and New York and in 1924 began teaching at the Winnipeg School of Art. In 1929 he was appointed principal of the school.

FitzGerald was the only western Canadian painter to become a member of the Group of Seven. Although geographically removed from the centre of activity as well as employing a very different approach to landscape painting, FitzGerald was invited to become a member of the Group of Seven shortly before it disbanded in 1932 and subsequently became one of the founding members of its successor, the Canadian Group of Painters. FitzGerald retained a strong loyalty to, and creative dependence on, his home region. His paintings are of prairie scenes, simple subjects such as his neighbour's backyard or a potted plant. In later years, FitzGerald focused on abstract painting and still life working mainly in chalk, ink, and watercolour.