Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
The density of this world of objects is emphasized in the dizzying interaction of shapes and the rough, swirling character of Lismer’s brushstrokes, skillfully captured by Royal Canadian Mint engravers. Together with the slightly off-kilter vantage point of the painting, these details evoke the fairytale quality of sea lore. The detail is framed by a polished border with the words “ARTHUR LISMER” and “CANADA,” the year “2012,” and the face value “20 DOLLARS.”
A brief annotation
In this painting, we see a robust example of Lismer’s style in this era. Lobster traps, floats, weights, buoys, barrels, bags, drying racks, docks, fisherman, shacks, homes—the profuse ephemera of maritime life are piled one upon the other, bursting from the canvas in layers of mesmerizing detail.