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André Lapine, ARCA (Canadian, 1866-1952)

'In the sugar bush'

circa 1940


Oil painting on pine panel

Signed 'André Lapine, A.R.C.A.' lower right

Titled in pencil on verso


Measures 14 inches x 10-1/2 inches


Andre Lapine studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg under Professor M. Rosé, and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Amsterdam under the tutelage of August Allebé. Lapine emigrated from Latvia to Canada in 1909. 


He became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1909, and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1919. He exhibited frequently at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts until the 1940s. Lapine was also a member of the Graphic Arts Club, the Toronto Arts and Letters Club and a founding member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.


Lapine's works were selected and purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as well as the Art Gallery of Ontario. 


The Globe and Mail's longtime art & artists columnist and art critic Pearl McCarthy wrote much about Lapine during his time on the Toronto art scene and nicknamed him the 'gentle cavalier'. On 27 February 1952, McCarthy wrote: "André Lapine, the artist, died yesterday. As this smiling but gentle cavalier from an earlier era passed from the scene, Toronto art circles lost one of their most picturesque links with past ways."


Today, Lapine's work is in many private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Queen's University), the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Art Gallery of Saskatoon and the Agnes Jamieson Gallery located in Minden, Ontario Canada. The Agnes Jamison Gallery opened in 1981 to show case 41 Lapine paintings that were bequeathed to the Minden township by Frank Welch, a resident of the area. The Agnes Jamieson Gallery now houses over 100 of Lapine's works in their permanent collection.

Andre Lapine, ARCA (Canadian, 1866-1952) 'In the sugar bush' oil painting c1940

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    William Colgate aptly describes Lapine's iconic Canadian landscapes in his review of an exhibition at the Robert Simpson Galleries (Toronto) in 1933:

    "a cool woodland interior relieved by a shaft of brilliant sunlight suggests the dewy freshness and hush of daybreak before the life of the forest becomes vocal...[Lapine's] landscapes reveal a flair for the quiet, colourful and elegiac aspect of nature which makes his studies of the countryside something to be enjoyed and treasured."

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