The Lapine Lap

Take a step back in time to discover the history of artist Andre Lapine, and how he painted the stories of Minden Hills

The Lapine Lap

Minden, Ontario K0M 2A1, Canada

Created By: Township of Minden Hills

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How does a little town such as Minden, Ontario, become associated with a renowned Russian-born, Canadian artist? It could be said it took an unfortunate car accident - or a kind-hearted man, who had some understanding of Canadian art. Whatever the case, join us on the Lapine Lap; a glimpse into the life and times of Andre Lapine, which spans continents, the heights of Toronto's art society, and quiet back roads. It is full of life and friendly characters every step of the way.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Haytime is an oil on canvas painting depicting  the Hamilton Farm along South Lake Road,  just outside of Minden. You may be wondering, how did an internationally renowned artist begin painting fields in Minden? Our story is just getting ... Read more
Horses Hauling Logs is a large oil painting, and is the best known work by Andre Lapine. The image was created based on a visit to Quebec c.1930. Andre Lapine had come to Canada from Holland in 1905, shortly after marrying longtime beau Ger... Read more
The Team is aptly named, as the two horses were Joe and Moe from Billy Hamilton’s farm in Minden,  where Andre Lapine often stayed. These two horses appear in many of Lapine’s paintings. It is likely that Andre Lapine would not have se... Read more
Forest Interior is the closest example of Lapine’s use of the Impressionistic style. Lapine was known for dabbling in a variety of styles, and excelling in whatever form he attempted. Malloney's Art Gallery in Toronto provides us with det... Read more
Mill Scene is a local image of Minden portrayed by Andre Lapine. Why was Lapine fascinated by horses? There are multiple reasons! Lapine emerged as an artist at the heigh of the Industrial Revolution. This was a time of major societal shift... Read more
 Cows in Autumn is a traditional composition of a fall scene. Lapine painted a number of these exact painting, each in a different season. Many of these painting are housed in the Agnes Jamieson Gallery at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre.... Read more


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