LOT 433

1836 - 1928

Ojibway in a Canoe
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1876
20 x 36 in 50.8 x 91.4 cm

Available for post auction sale.
PRICE: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 135 Yorkville Ave

Private Collection, Ontario

Joan Murray, The Last Buffalo: The Story of Frederick Arthur Verner, Painter of the Canadian West, 1984, page 56

Frederick Verner was one of only a few artists who depicted early Canada, and he was renowned for his paintings of First Nations people. He explored the Ontario wilderness and in 1873 was part of an expedition that went west from Toronto to Lake of the Woods, where he was present for the negotiation of the North-West Angle Treaty. Verner was praised for the authenticity of his paintings, and his perspective on native life was one of empathy and awe. His paintings tell us much about the early life of Canada’s First Peoples, as they record details of native villages, clothing, customs and hunting methods. Verner studied the Ojibway in depth and often showed them in canoes. As Joan Murray wrote, “In the life of the Ojibway the canoe was the most important feature. As long as the rivers were free of ice, they almost lived in their canoes, traveling to places where the fish were most plentiful.” In this superb painting, Verner depicted the paddlers gliding through a landscape that exudes solitude and tranquility—drawing us into his romantic vision of a people living in harmony with nature.

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