Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 23, 2015

LOT 77
FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.
  • FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.
  • FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.
  • FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.

77

FREDERICK HORSMAN VARLEY, A.R.C.A.

THE LONESOME TREE

watercolour
signed
10.25 ins x 12.5 ins; 26.7 cms x 33 cms

Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Realised: $8,260
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Called westward for a job at the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts in 1926, Varley found his new surroundings a rich source of inspiration. The glacier lakes, coastal mountains, rugged terrain and assortment of vegetation would feature heavily in a number of his works.

The Lonesome Tree makes a simplified statement in which Varley effortlessly harmonizes his graphite lines with select hues of watercolour – greens, blues, the reddish brown of the deeply grooved bark. As Peter Varley affirms, the artist had the ability to “capture the essence of a mood or character with a few lines or coloured washes…”

Literature:

Peter Varley, Frederick H. Varley, Key Porter Books, Toronto, 1983, page 75.

Provenance:

The Art Emporium, Vancouver
Private Collection, Ontario