Ordinary Beauty: Prints by L. LeMoine FitzGerald from the Burnaby Art Gallery Collection


Reception: Sunday May 4, 2 – 4 p.m.
Free Lecture by Ian Thom, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery: Sunday, 1 June, 2 – 4 p.m.
Free 20-minute Curator’s Talks every Thursday at Noon
This exhibition will include a number of prints that FitzGerald
made as correspondence cards for friends and acquaintances, many of which
feature views of nature and cityscapes. FitzGerald excelled at picturing ordinary beauty in extraordinary ways.
“The faculty of being able to see in their surroundings something beautiful no matter how apparently ordinary they may be, is invaluable.” (FitzGerald, The Wanderer, “I first saw,” The Winnipeg Tribune, Dec 21, 1923).
Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890-1956) lived and worked for much of his life in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From an early age, FitzGerald was deeply influenced by John Ruskin’s Elements of Drawings, continuing to work according to his principles of colour theory even in his later work. From 1913, he exhibited regularly at the Royal Canadian Academy and received his first solo show in 1921 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In 1924, he began teaching at the Winnipeg School of Art. In 1932, he was invited to join the Group of Seven, and on the dissolution of the group, went on to establish the Canadian Group of Artists. FitzGerald was deeply influenced not only by the prairie landscape of his home, but also by the post-Impressionist art that he saw during his travels, including that by Paul Cézanne, which he saw in New York in 1921-2 and that by Georges Seurat on a second trip east in 1930, and by artists such as Lawren Harris in the area surrounding Vancouver, British Columbia.
As will be demonstrated in this exhibition, over the course of his career, FitzGerald’s style became increasingly more abstract. About some of his later works, and especially relevant to some of his prints in this exhibition, he writes: “I wanted to find out more about colour and composition and thought a good change from the objects would be a refreshing thing and perhaps open a new field. Have done endless drawings in black and white as well as colour and carried a few of these into large spaces in oil.” (Robert Ayre papers, Letter from L. L. FitzGerald to Robert Ayre, August 29, 1948.)
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