Stormy Weather: F. H. Varley, a Biography

Stormy Weather: F. H. Varley, a Biography

by Maria Tippett


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Frederick Horsman Varley was a binge drinker, womanizer, and spendthrift. He was also a charter member of Canada's most famous band of painters, the Group of Seven, and, in his own right, one of the country's finest and most inventive artists.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780771085239
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.77(w) x 8.77(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1.Pride of Ancestry1
2.Venturing Forth25
3.The New World55
4.War Artist83
5.Varley and the Group of Seven113
6.Paradise Found149
7.Things Fall Apart179
8.Paradise Lost213
9.The Grand Old Man251
AppendixThe Varley Family Tree281
List of Illustrations332

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