Rooted in his native city of Winnipeg, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890–1956) worked almost exclusively in Manitoba, where he captured the essence of the Prairies in his art. FitzGerald was less concerned than his contemporaries in the Group of Seven (he became their tenth member in 1932) with promoting issues of Canadian identity. He explored his surroundings, delving deeply into the forces he felt animated and united nature in order to make “the picture a living thing.” For more on Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald read Michael Parke-Taylor’s Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald: Life & Work.
Michael Parke-Taylor is an independent researcher and art historian based in Toronto, Ontario. Previously he was curator of modern art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and curator of exhibitions at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina. Parke-Taylor is author of the exhibition catalogue In Seclusion with Nature: The Later Work of L. LeMoine FitzGerald, 1942 to 1956 (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1988).