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Frederick Horsman Varley

Frederick Horsman Varley

Frederick Horsman Varley
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 160

Frederick Horsman Varley
ARCA G7 OSA 1881 - 1969 Canadian

Steeple Mountain from Twin Bays, BC, Kootenay Lake
oil on board
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1960, inscribed "F" and stamped with the Varley Inventory #974
12 x 15 in  30.5 x 38.1cm

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada, May 26, 2011, lot 47
Private Collection, Montreal

On his later trips to southeastern British Columbia from 1957 to 1967, Frederick Varley produced paintings for shows at Roberts Gallery, his Toronto dealer (which also handled the work of fellow Group of Seven member A.J. Casson). Varley’s exhibition in 1957 at Roberts Gallery was a sell-out, and his show there in 1961 was also a runaway hit. Finally Varley, who had struggled all his life to make ends meet, was seeing some monetary success.

In this striking view of Steeple Mountain at Kootenay Lake, Varley used the palette he had become known for in his early days on the West Coast, when he taught at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts and painted in his studios in Vancouver and Lynn Valley. Using unfettered brush-strokes, Varley applied bright green highlights amid plum shades in the mountains and sky, and he used a range of blues from powder to deeper tones. Anchoring his foreground with brushy trees, Varley then expanded the view out to the far distance through the cleft in the mountains, exhibiting his mastery of composition.

This work is #974 in the Varley Inventory listing.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $25,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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