“Midnight Sun” by Frederick Varley

  • Midnight Sun by Frederick Varley

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Frederick Varley was invited to teach at the Victoria School of Arts in British Columbia in 1926. This brought the Group of Seven true national representation. The painting of the midnight sun is a dark and foreboding work of art, and the somber colours are typical of Varley's expression on canvas.

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Artist Name : Frederick Varley

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Frederick H. Varley (1881-1969) was born in Sheffield, England and was childhood friends with Arthur Lismer. Varley studied at the Sheffield School of Art, and also at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1912, he received a letter from Lismer encouraging him to move to Toronto where there was plenty of work for a good artist and a burgeoning art movement beginning. Upon arriving in Toronto, Varley got work at the same printing firm as Lismer, MacDonald and Thomson. Varley fit in well with the group of painters and was soon joining them on their weekend sketching trips. Varley also accompanied the friends to Algonquin Park where Tom Thomson was beginning to influence all of their work with his fantastic sketches. Varley was hired by the War Records Department to travel behind the Canadian troops and document what he saw through paintings and sketches. His works from this period are graphic and dark, depicting manʼs ability to destroy and to kill. He was profoundly disturbed by what he saw and experienced, and this left a dark and deep impact on his character. Returning to Toronto after the war, he rejoined his friends as they were about to create The Group of Seven. Varley was invited to teach at the Victoria School of Decorative and Applied Arts, which is what gave the Group of Seven west coast representation and a truly national scope to the group.

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