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2015 Chardonnay Limited Edition VQA
$20.95 | 750mL
Arthur Lismer (1185-1969)
Magnotta Chardonnay Limited Edition
Our best white wine is our barrel aged Chardonnay Limited Edition. It called for a prestigious piece of Canadian art to communicate the outstanding quality of the wine and the careful and patient vinification techniques we employ in making this wine, much like Lismer's thoughtful composition. And the creamy colours said 'Chardonnay' to me. - RM
As an immigrant from England, Arthur Lismer was fascinated by the Canadian landscape of rocks, pines and expansive stretches of tumultuous water and sky. He worked in Sheffield as a commercial art studio before moving to Canada in January 1911. From 1920 he was a member of the Group of Seven, painters who advocated a new Canadian art that expressed the spirit of the nation through its landscape. In 1917 an explosion in Halifax Harbour destroyed large sections of the city. Lismer captured the aftermath of this catastrophe in a series of drawings first published in the Canadian Courier. In 1918 he was commissioned by Canadian War Records to record returning troopships in Halifax Harbour in paintings and in lithographs. In 1919 he moved back to Toronto and became vice-principal of the Ontario College of Art (OCA). Lismer was a charter member of the Group of Seven and joined his fellow artists on painting trips to the Algoma region and north shore of Lake Superior. His Impressionist-influenced paintings of the 1910s evolved into a more angular and cruder expression that he equated with the Canadian terrain and national identity. In his later work, Lismer concentrated on detailed foregrounds and tightly framed, close-up compositions of vegetation and land formations. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967. Lismer died on March 23, 1969 in Montreal and was buried alongside other members of the Original Seven at the McMichael Gallery grounds. Source: National Gallery of Canada