CYRIL MANN  (1911-1980)

Fishermen, Canada  c.1929
Gouache on paper, 25.5 x 30.5cms

The influence of Tom Thomson and the Canadian Group of Seven painters can be seen in this early gouache.

The beauty of the Canadian landscape inspired Cyril Mann to start painting again during the time when he was living and working near the Alaskan border.

The Sheffield-born painter Arthur Lismer, a Group of Seven member, advised Mann to return to London to study painting.

Cyril Mann, who already held a Canadian passport, much regretted moving back home, insisting he would have been a better artist if he'd stayed, self-taught, in Canada. 'It took me 35 years to unlearn everything I was taught at the Royal Academy Schools', he insisted later in life."

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