Beloved for his sensitive and serene depictions of Manitoba, Winnipeg artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) was the last member to join the Group of Seven in 1932. Compared to the more outspoken members of the Group, FitzGerald’s voice was a quieter one, his legacy including both his stewardship of the Winnipeg School of Art (1929-1947) and the development of the WAG. He had his first show at the Gallery in 1921 and went on to become one of Canada’s best known early modernist painters.
FitzGerald’s life-long practice of making drawings, prints, and paintings deserves a closer look as we evolve our understanding of the trajectories of Canadian art. Like Canadian artists David Milne and Jack Chambers, FitzGerald’s deeply contemplative art renders the everyday miraculous, at times suggesting portals to the infinite. This exhibition gathers more than 200 works and is presented by the WAG in partnership with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Here’s a sneak peek of Into the Light!
About the Artist
Rooted in his native city of Winnipeg, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) worked almost exclusively in Manitoba, where he captured the essence of the prairie in his art. Although he accepted the Group of Seven’s invitation to become a member in 1932, FitzGerald was less concerned than the group was to promote issues of Canadian identity. Instead he explored his surroundings, delving deeply into the forces he felt animated and united nature in order to make “the picture a living thing.” Quiet in personality and passionate about art, FitzGerald inspired a generation of students at the Winnipeg School of Art.
FitzGerald wins second prize at Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition with Drawing – Copy
Financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
In the news
- April 6, 2020: Winnipeg Free Press: WAG celebrates artist who immortalized the province
- May 17, 2020: Galleries West: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald – A show by the last member of the Group of Seven opens in Winnipeg, two months late, as an important centenary passes largely unheralded
- June 3, 2020: CBC Arts: When this curator moved to Winnipeg, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald’s paintings came alive