He is best known for the landscape paintings that were his chief contribution to the Group of Seven exhibitions. Of these, Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay, may be the most widely recognized and admired. But Varley's work, taken as a whole, is far from typical of the Group's output, and his tempest-tossed life gives quite a different meaning to the title of his signature painting.
He never held down a job for long. He abandoned his wife for his model and, when that relationship ended, took up with other women. He was a superb teacher who chafed in an institutional setting and quarrelled with his colleagues. He was, above all, a committed bohemian who put his art before friends, family, and convention.
This, the first authoritative biography of Varley, is based on a wealth of original research. Written in a lively fashion by the Governor General's Awardwinning biographer of Emily Carr, it yields a new understanding of a towering figure in Canadian art.
|Publisher:||McClelland & Stewart Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||8.77(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of Contents
|1.||Pride of Ancestry||1|
|3.||The New World||55|
|5.||Varley and the Group of Seven||113|
|7.||Things Fall Apart||179|
|9.||The Grand Old Man||251|
|Appendix||The Varley Family Tree||281|
|List of Illustrations||332|