Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stormy Weather by Frederick Varley

Stormy Weather by Frederick Varley is one of the works on display in the Dulwich exposition of Canadian art in London, England.  I was reading an article from the web, about the showing when I came across this picture and a comment by Dulwich Gallery's co-creator, Ian Desjardin. Desjardin called it the "most definitive" of the Group of Seven works.  Click here.

My interest was immediately stoked by his words, so I took a close look at the work. My immediate response was, "What planet have I been living on? Why was I not familiar with this work?" Its nothing short of stunning.  The flow, the colours, the grand sweep of the picture takes my breath away.

The Dulwich Gallery writes this about the showing, on their website:

Above all elements Canadian, these are painters who knew how to handle paint and colour, and how to turn a small sketch executed on the spot into a high-pitched studio masterpiece." - Brian Sewell, The Evening StandardIn the early twentieth century in Toronto, Canada, the first stirrings of a new movement of painting were being felt. A group of artists started to engage with the awesome Canadian wilderness, a landscape previously considered too wild and untamed to inspire ‘true’ art. Tom Thomson paved the way for this artistic collective, the Group of Seven, and their works have become revered in Canada. This exhibition will reintroduce their stunning impressions of the Canadian landscape to the British public for the first time since the 1920s

To check out the Dulwich Gallery's site please click here.


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