Sunday, 16 March 2014


Mini Master
4" x 4"on Canvas Panel
Homage to Lemoine FitzGerald - Abstract Green and Gold

My Mini Master Series comprises of homages to famous artists on their birthday. To view my Gallery please visit Daily Paintworks.  

My version of detail from "Abstract Green and Gold" by Lemonine Fitzgerald 1954, part of a series of pastel abstracts created in his final years.Fitzgerald always had a strong sense of composition, even when he was creating landscapes in his early career. 

While painting this I found that every line and every curve was very precise. The only way I could achieve a semblance of similarity was to use multi layered washes. I used a drawn outline to the shapes, but it is possible these lines were painted in the original, although my image was too indistinct to discern fine points.

Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald was born in Winnipeg on March 17, 1890. He was a member of the famous Group of Seven. L.L. Fitzgerald was the only member of the Group of Seven to be based in western Canada, although Winnepeg is more central than true west.

As a boy, FitzGerald spent the summer vacation months on his grandmother's farm where he and his older brother, explored the woods and prairies. FitzGerald left school at 14 and worked as an office boy, then a clerk before launching on his career as an artist.

Fitzgerald's landscapes and still lifes were drawn from his immediate surroundings, the back lane outside his house or a potted plant on the windowsill. His work includes painting in oil and watercolour, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. His style grew more spare and abstract over time, culminating in modernist abstract. He died of a heart attack in Winnipeg on August 7, 1956.


The Group of Seven, sometimes known as the Algonquin school, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933, originally consisting of Franklin Carmichael (1890–1945), Lawren Harris (1885–1970), A. Y. Jackson (1882–1972), Frank Johnston (1888–1949), Arthur Lismer (1885–1969), J. E. H. MacDonald (1873–1932), and Frederick Varley (1881–1969).

Later, A. J. Casson (1898–1992) was invited to join in 1926; Edwin Holgate (1892–1977) became a member in 1930; and LeMoine Fitzgerald (1890–1956) joined in 1932.

Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature, The Group of Seven is most famous for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement.

Cat # 14055 Soft Curves