Lionel Lemoine FitzGerald: Life and Work

Title: Lionel Lemoine FitzGerald : Life and Work
Author: Michael Parke-Taylor
Publisher: Art Canada Institute
Theme: Quebec and Canadian art , Biography  
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Dimension: 21 x 28 cm
Language: English
Release date: September 2019
ISBN: 9781487102067


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.