“Stormy Weather” by Frederick Varley

  • Stormy Weather by Frederick Varley

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Mural Artist: Marc Sorozan 2007
Located on site at Muskoka Urban Rustic Living
Sponsored by: Muskoka Urban Rustic Living and The Huntsville BIA

This is a painting of Georgian Bay, a familiar theme to members of the Group of Seven, whom were often invited to stay at the cottage of their patron and supported Dr. J. MacCallum on Go Home Bay. This painting somewhat reflects Varley's stormy attitude in life. It is said that he and Arthur Lismer were both painting the same location when they got into an argument, during which time Lismer was to leave and paint the view from a different area away from Varley. The fury in this painting is evident in the somber colour and the windswept action of the water and sky.

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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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