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Inventory # APRE-00177-0004

Frederick Horsman Varley
1881 - 1969

Indian Reserve, Whycocomagh
oil on board
signed and with the artist's thumbprint and on verso titled, dated 1955 and inscribed with the Varley Inventory #1109
12 x 15 in 30.5 x 38.1 cm

Laing Galleries, Toronto
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Frederick Varley traveled to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in May of 1955. Cooper Campbell, a manufacturer and art collector whom Varley had met through his Toronto dealer the Roberts Gallery, drove him to the home of Dr. John Goldie, a doctor in Whycocomagh, who had invited him to stay there and paint. Varley remained there for the summer and then moved to a local inn, where he continued to work into the fall. The community is bisected by the Skye River, with the reserve of the Mi’kmaq First Nations people on the west side of the river and the community of Whycocomagh on the east. The church in this atmospheric work, with its two distinctive spires, is likely St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and its reflection in the water below adds emphasis to its presence. Varley utilizes his characteristic cool and warm palette, contrasting greens and blues with pink whorls in the water and sky as well as rusty oranges in the far hills. The result is the beatific, transcendent glow of summer light and colour we experience in Indian Reserve, Whycocomagh.
This work is #1109 in the Varley Inventory listing.

Price: $23,750

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