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WILLIAM BRYMNER, P.R.C.A., O.S.A. (1855-1925)

 
 
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William Brymner
The Lonely Orphans Taken to Her Heart, 1884
Oil on canvas 28" x 36" (Sold)
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William Brymner was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1855. He was the son of Douglas Brymner, the first Dominion Archivist, and Jean Thomson. He and his family moved to Melbourne, Lower Canada in 1857, and then to Montreal in 1864. He undertook studies to become an architect but finally decided to become a full-time painter.

William Brymner made his living by teaching, first at the Ottawa School of Art, and then, from 1886 until 1921, at the Art Association of Montreal. He is considered the first great teacher of painting in Canada and was a critical influence in the training of many Montreal artists who went on to find fame. Among his students at the Art Association of Montreal were Clarence Gagnon, Adrien Hébert , Henri Hébert , Prudence Heward, Edwin Holgate, A.Y. Jackson, Lilias Torrance Hewton, Sarah Robertson , Anne Savage and Marian Dale Scott .

Brymner was influenced by the French school of painters, both classical and impressionistic. He shared his love of landscape with fellow artists such as J.W. Morrice, Horatio Walker , Edmond Dyonnet and Maurice Cullen sketching with them at Ste. Anne de Beaupré and the Ile d'Orléans. Brymner was also admired for the delicacy of his art, painted portraits and interiors in a figurative style, in addition to murals and watercolours on silk.

In 1883, William Brymner was made an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), and elected a full member in 1886. The same year he became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. He regularly exhibited in the major annual arts exhibitions in Canada, including the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, as well as in many international shows. He was a gold and silver medallist respectively at the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase exposition in St. Louis. A founding member of the Montreal Water Colour Society (1889) and the Pen and Pencil Club of Montreal (1890, president in 1893), he was active as well in the Toronto-based Canadian Art Club (1908-15) and from 1912 in the Arts Club of Montreal, serving as its president in 1916-17. He was elected vice-president of the RCA in 1907 and president in 1909. In 1916, he was made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George.

A stroke in 1917 ended his painting career and in 1921 he retired from teaching and spent his remaining years travelling, mainly in France and Italy, with his wife. He died while visiting his family in Wallasey, England, in 1925, at the age of 70.
 
   
 
 
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William Brymner
Summer Landscape (St. Eustache), 1910
Oil on canvas 21" x 28" (Sold)
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William Brymner
Ste-Eustache, 1905
Watercolour 9" x 12" (Sold)
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William Brymner
Afterglow, ca. 1913
Oil on canvas 29 1/2" x 40" (Sold)
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