Philodendron by Nora Frances Elisabeth Collyer
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
oil on board
signed lower left
18.25 x 16 ins ( 46.4 x 40.6 cms )
Estimated: $5,000.00 - $7,000.00
Continental Galleries Inc., Montreal
Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg
Private Collection, Winnipeg
Barbara Meadowcroft, Painting Friends: The Beaver Hall Women Painters, Montreal, 1999, pages 38 and 54
Evelyn Walters, The Women of Beaver Hall: Canadian Modernist Painters, Toronto, 2005, pages 21 and 23
Also highly influential for Collyer were the sketching trips she took with Maurice Cullen. In response to his influence, Walters notes that: “[Collyer's] technique is never harsh and is remarkable for its shapes, rich colour, and soft rhythms.” In 1922 Albert Laberge, art critic of “La Presse”, remarked that Collyer's work was among the boldest and most brilliant at the Art Association spring exhibition.
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Nora Frances Elisabeth Collyer
(1898 - 1979) Beaver Hall Group
Nora Collyer was born in Montreal. She studied at the Art Association of Montreal, one of the few art institutions that admitted female students at the time. The school was directed by RCA president, William Brymner. At the AAM (which later became the Montreal Museum of Fine Art), she received professional instruction from Brymner and landscape artist, Maurice Cullen. In 1921 she joined fellow AAM graduates at their studio at 305 Beaver Hill Hall. This association of artists called themselves the Beaver Hall Group. The three story house offered the artists inexpensive studio space and A large room on the ground floor, which served as their exhibition gallery. Nora shared a studio in fellow AAM colleague, Anne Savage. The group was connected with the Group of Seven through A.Y.Jackson, who was a member of both groups and they were invited to exhibit together. The group had disbanded after only two years, but the women in the group continued to associate together.
In the years that followed, Nora taught drawing at Trafalgar School and at the AAM with Sarah Robertson. She participated in the Spring Exhibitions of the AAM from 1919 to 1955. Her choice of subject matter included portraiture, still lifes and landscapes portrayed in different seasons of the year. She also exhibited with the RCA from 1922 to 1942 and with the Canadian Group of Painters. She held solo exhibitions at the Dominion Gallery (1946) and at the Walter Klinkhoff Gallery (1964). Nora Collyer was a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. The women of the Beaver Hall Group were honoured with an exhibition of their work at the National Gallery of Canada in 1967. Nora Collyer died in Montreal at the age of 81.
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Vol.1, Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks, 1997
Painting Friends, The Beaver Hall Women Painters, Barbara Meadowcroft, VÃ©hicule Press, 1999