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Lilias Torrance Newton

Elise Kingman

Artist

Lilias Torrance Newton
Lachine, Quebec, 1896 – Cowansville, Quebec, 1980

Title

Elise Kingman

Date

1930

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

76.7 x 61.8 cm

Credits

Gift of Margaret K. Carsley, niece of Elise Kingman, inv. 2008.180

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

The Group of Seven, which regularly invited artists to join them, suggested that Lilias Torrance Newton take part in their exhibitions in April 1930 at the Art Gallery and in May 1930 at the Art Association of Montreal. She sent two portraits, including this one of Elise Kingman. In May 1931, in a solo show held at the Lyceum Club and the Women’s Art Association of Toronto, she showed the Kingman portrait again. On this occasion, critic and writer Jehanne Bietry Salinger wrote: “‘Elise’ was a striking portrait in which the artist used elegant motives for a bit of psychological fantasy . . . [it] indicates another possibility in figure work which allows us to look toward Montreal with confidence and interest” (The Canadian Forum, June 1931). The varnish (provided by Edwin Holgate) that Torrance Newton used for this portrait is what gives it its distinctive reddish tint.

© National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

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