Arthur Lismer made his only trip to the Rockies in 1928. In this canvas he uses fluid, jewel-like colours to paint solid, interweaving forms that radiate an inward light. Lismer wrote, “The world of appearances exists, as it does to the religious devotee, as a means of ecstasy. A stepping off place, as it were, into a world wherein the divine order of existence, the golden thread of pure design shines like a pathway of fire in the realm of the mind, and speculation on technical and objective things is replaced by aesthetic contemplation on the nature of beauty….”
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