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Monday, August 17, 2015

Laura Muntz Lyall


Interesting Story
1898
Medium     painting
81.3 × 100.3 cm
other detail unknown

Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930) was the first woman artist to receive recognition outside of Canada.  She is known in particular for her images of maternite. Some her works were exhibited at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois and then in 1894 as part of the Societe des artistes francais in Paris.  However, her career had to be put on hold following the death of her sister who left behind eleven children that Laura took responsibility for.  It would be nine years before she was able to devote any time to painting but she lived only a few more years and passed away in 1930 in Toronto.

She was born in Radford, Warwickshire, England.  Her family emigrated to Canada when she was a child to take up farming in the Muskoka District of Ontario. As a young lady, she was trained to be a school teacher but her interest in art eventually led her to take private art lessons.  Encouraged, she traveled to Paris, France to study at the renowned Academie Colarossi where she was influenced by the Impressionist style. On her return to Canada, she set up a studio in Toronto and became an Associate of the Royal College of Art (ARCA).