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 Nora Frances Eliaabeth Collyer  (1898 - 1979)

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Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada      Known for: landscape, buildings, riverscapes and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Nora Frances Elizabeth Collyer (AKA: Nora Collyer) was a painter and art educator.  She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where, other than for travel, she lived her entire life and died.
 
Her primary mediums are oil on canvas and oil on board.  Works in any medium other than oil are rare, none are recorded by AskART as having been sold at auction (or by any other sources, checked by the author, going back over 25 years).  However, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a drawing by her in its collection, one assumes there must be more given the fact she was a drawing teacher.  Her subjects are landscapes, buildings in landscapes, villages, still life, riverscapes and flowers.  Figures, human or animal, are also rare or nonexistent in her paintings. The landscape locations are in south-eastern Quebec and Nova Scotia.  Her style is Fauvism* and Plein Air*.
 
Quote: “The sketching trips Collyer took as a student with Maurice Cullen left his mark in her work.  Her technique is never harsh as it is remarkable for its shapes, rich color and soft rhythms.” – Evelyn Walters (1)

Collyer’s art education consisted of nine years of part time study (1913 - 1924) at the Art Association of Montreal (2) under William Brymner, Maurice Cullen and Mary Alberta Cleland (see all in AskART).  She taught drawing at Trafalgar School, Montreal (1925 - 1930) and at the Art Association of Montreal Saturday art classes (1940).
 
She was a member of the informal Beaver Hall Group* of women artists (3), and a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
 
In addition to exhibiting with the above organizations she also exhibited with the Art Association of Montreal (1919 - 1955), the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1922 - 1942) and with the Canadian Group of Painters*. Her works were also included in the New York Worlds Fair (1939) and the “Beaver Hall Hill Group” exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada (1966 - 1967).  She had solo exhibitions at the Dominion Gallery, Montreal (1946) and at the Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, Montreal (1964).
 
Posthumously, her works were included in the “Okanada” exhibition held at the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) in Berlin, Germany (1982 - 1983) and in the “A View of One’s Own: Canadian Women Artists 1890 – 1960” exhibition at Masters Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (1994).
 
Her works are avidly collected.  They are also in the permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Manitoba), Musee Bruck (Cowansville,  Quebec) and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (B.C.).
 
 
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(1) Book - The Women of Beaver Hall (2005), by Evelyn Walters (see AskART book references).
 
(2) The AAM became the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1948.
 
(3) She shared a studio with Anne Savage (see AskART) in the Beaver Hall Hill building.
 
* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see AskART Glossary http://www.askart.com/AskART/lists/Art_Definition.aspx
 
 
 
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