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  Last updated Jan 19, 2008

Varley Exhibition - Pungent Personalities

Pungent Personalities:
Arts and Letters Club Drawings by Arthur Lismer, 1922-43
January 27, 2008 - March 2, 2008

Curated by the Arts and Letters Club Archivist Scott James, this exhibition features a selection of 40 largely unknown drawings by famed Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer completed between 1922 and 1943.

Known amongst his friends as a compulsive cartoonist, Lismer, who joined the Club as soon as he arrived in Toronto in 1911, could not resist sketching whenever the opportunity came his way.

His witty caricatures of fellow Club members document an especially vital period in Canada's cultural history, when the Club was a favourite meeting place for various members of the country's artistic community.

For nearly twenty years, he maintained almost daily contacts with some of the most celebrated chararacters of his time.  Thier drawings offer an unique glimpse into the lives of the people they portray, their friendshiops and artistic endeavours.

This exhibition celebrates the Club's long standing historical and cultural role in the city of Toronto's intellectual activities and its association with the academic community at the University of Toronto.


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