Lot # 139
Fall 2017 - 2nd Session Live auction

Frederick Horsman Varley
ARCA G7 OSA 1881 - 1969 Canadian

Barn - Bay of Quinte
oil on board
on verso titled, dated 1940 and inscribed with the Varley Inventory #944 and 11869
12 x 15 in  30.5 x 38.1cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Christopher Varley, F.H. Varley: A Centennial Exhibition, Edmonton Art Gallery, 1981, page 146

In 1940, Frederick Varley spent three months at the summer cottage of Wing Commander C.J. Duncan at the Bay of Quinte on the north shore of Lake Ontario, near the RCAF base at Trenton. The previous year had been difficult for Varley, and the support of friends like Duncan and his wife was significant to him - over the next four years, they acquired a large collection of his work. Christopher Varley noted that at the cottage, Fred “was enraptured at being back out in the countryside.” That summer was hot and sunny, and Varley worked on portraits and landscapes such as this rural scene. The barn and its hay stooks are strong and richly coloured, while the sky is more ethereal, with the kind of delicate, glowing pastel green, blue and mauve tones that were so characteristic of his British Columbia landscapes. The palpable contrast between the solidity of the earth and the farm and the transcendent sky makes this a fine work from this period.
This work is #944 in the Varley Inventory listing.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $40,250 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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