"Night Ferry" by Frederick H. Varley
Your Western Canadian art history lesson continues this week with a visit from Fred Varley. Around 1926 FHV, a known Group of Seven artist, came to Vancouver to teach and add some credibility to the new school of art and design. For ten years he taught, painted, and drank in and around the Vancouver area. During this period he produced many great paintings including this colourful, twisted seascape. If I were describing it for a catalogue I might say, “Van Gogh’s Starry Night meets Munch’s The Scream, after one too many on a BC Ferry crossing”. I don’t get a lot of catalogue work.