Laura Muntz Lyall

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - BOOKS -

Im­pres­sions of Women and Childhood By Joan Mur­ray McGill-Queen’s Univer­sity Press, 212 pages, $50 FOR many Cana­di­ans, this will be an in­tro­duc­tion to the hand hold­ing the paint brush re­spon­si­ble for In­ter­est­ing Story, one of our na­tion’s most fa­mous paint­ings. The fa­mil­iar scene of two chil­dren snug­gling in a chair to read a book, light stream­ing through a win­dow be­hindhi d them,h was votedd in 2006 one of the most beloved works at the Art Gallery of On­tario. Laura Muntz Lyall painted women and chil­dren — and made a liv­ing at it, a rar­ity for any artist let alone a woman at the turn of the last cen­tury. In many ways, Lyall is this na­tion’s Mary Cas­satt, the famed Amer­i­can painter of do­mes­tic scenes. Au­thor and renowned cu­ra­tor Joan Mur­ray in­cludes more than 90 colour im­ages of Lyall’s work, along with the artist’s life story and a se­lec­tion of her per­sonal let­ters, which draw a par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing por­trait of the artist.

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