This iconic Canadian painting hangs in the National Gallery of Canada, and is reproduced with copyright permission. Therefore, the colours are as true as possible to the original painting. Professionally matted and framed with archival materials in a complementary grey-toned wooden Canadian-made frame with linen-textured mat. (new image to come)
Image size: 19 1/4" x 15 1/2". Framed size: 26" x 22 3/4" Available in person at Cedar Lake Studios, 27 Ainslie St. N. Cambridge, ON
The Artist: Like another member of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer, Frederick Horsman Varley (1881-1969) was born in Sheffield, England. He studied at the Sheffield School of Art and later, the Antwerp Academy, Belgium. He worked in London as an illustrator before returning to Yorkshire four years later. There he married and had two children. In 1912, Lismer persuaded Varley to come to Canada, where he found work at Grip, a graphic design firm in Toronto. There he met other artists with whom he would ultimately form of the Group of Seven. He also met Tom Thomson who was like him in spirit, unconventional and somewhat moody, but dedicated to their craft.
At first, Varley concentrated mainly on portraits and established himself as a painter of Toronto's elite society. When World War One broke out, he was sent to France as a Canadian War Artist. He returned from the war matured both as an artist and as an individual and his interest in painting the Canadian north was awakened. He began painting landscapes such as Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay. He is only one of two of the Group who painted portraits as well as the Canadian landscape.