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LOT 109

Frederick Horsman Varley
1881 - 1969

Sunset Near Doon, Ontario
oil on board
signed and with the artist's thumbprint and on verso titled, dated circa 1947 on the Masters Gallery label and stamped with the Varley Inventory #711
11 3/4 x 15 1/8 in 29.8 x 38.4 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $23,750

Preview at:

Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
By descent to the present Private Estate, Calgary

Peter Varley, Frederick H. Varley, 1983, page 186

Frederick Varley was based in Toronto when he went to Doon, south of Kitchener, in the summers of 1948 and 1949 to teach at the Doon School of Fine Arts. In the winter of 1948 to 1949, he stayed on at an inn near the school to continue painting. Peter Varley wrote that his father’s “affection for the rolling country of harvest hay grew stronger with time. Here, after so many years locked in cities, his happiness and zest for life returned.” Varley taught his classes en plein air, while producing a body of work himself. This work is aflame with colour, recalling the extraordinary sunset works he produced in the Arctic in 1938. The range of hues shows Varley’s consummate ability to handle contrasts – from icy blues, cool greens and rich purples to hot orange and red. Particularly striking is the whorl of white cloud in the sky, lit by the orb of the sun descending in a blaze of colour.

This work is #711 in the Varley Inventory listing, titled as From the Pinnacle, likely a reference to Pinnacle Hill near Doon.

There is an unfinished sketch on verso.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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