Historic Art | Caroline Armington

Le kreis kevet et lhotel de france brittany 1921 ob 10

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Le Kreis-Ker et l'Hotel France, St. Pol-de-Leon, Brittany, 1921

Technique: oil on board

Dimensions: 10.5x8.5 in.

Price: $5,000 Cdn.

signed and dated lower left
signed and titled to the verso

About the Artist


Caroline Helena Armington took Saturday painting classes in Toronto with J.W.L. Forster. By 1892 she was supporting herself with her art practice, but as well as being an artist she also trained at Guelph General Hospital as a nurse. Following her graduation she moved to New York, where she practiced nursing. Upon her return to Toronto in 1899 she worked as a private nurse for a year, then departed for Paris, where she married Frank Armington. The couple returned to Toronto, and in 1901 moved first to Sault Ste Marie, and then to Winnipeg. There, Armington gave private painting lessons and taught at Havergal College. In 1905 they returned to Paris where Armington studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Julian with Henri Royer, E. Schommer and Paul Gervais. Armington began etching in 1908 and in 1910 and 1911 the National Gallery of Canada purchased three of her works. She returned again to Canada and was given a commission by the Canadian Pacific Railway to produce a series of etchings. She traveled to Italy and Algeria, returning to Paris in 1914 at the outbreak of World War One. During the War, Armington was commissioned by Lord Beaverbrook to do etchings for the Canadian War Memorials Collection. In 1924, she toured the United States and returned to Europe in 1934-1935. Canadian Women Artists History Initiative, Concordia University, Montreal

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