Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay (c. 1920) by F. H. Varley

Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay - F. H. Varley - c. 1920

Artwork Information

TitleStormy Weather, Georgian Bay
ArtistF. H. Varley
Datec. 1920
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions132.6 x 162.8 cm (52 1/4 x 64 1/8 in.)
Current LocationNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

About Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay

Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay is a prominent and well-known painting created by Frederick Varley in 1921, which currently resides at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The painting features a wind-swept pine tree amidst stormy waters at Georgian Bay. This work of art is an exemplar showcasing Varley’s dedication to symbolism and establishing solidarity with the Group of Seven – artists finding inspiration from the northern Ontario wilderness.

Although Frederick Varley was primarily known for his figure and portrait paintings, he found solace in nature that soon became one of his primary muses. “Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay” clearly represents this passion through its detailed depiction of the natural world where in every brushstroke, one can find evidence of his devotion to depicting nuanced landscapes. He expertly portrays nature’s tumultuous energy with dark blue hues dotted with white crests representing turbulence. A realist painter when it came to landscapes – he captures multiple attributes found within Georgian Bay.

The piece has become Varley’s signature work since its creation almost 100 years ago today and has been characterized as significant artistic expression concerning symbolism within everyday life. It currently offers inspiration for artists worldwide who seek guidance through their struggles owing to how accurately it captured not only landscape but also human emotive response towards natural disaster expertly conveyed additional meaning beyond just depicting what was directly visible.”Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay” remains one of Canada’s most revered paintings and continually holds significance both amongst art collectors worldwide and those less familiar in Canadian Art history alike.”

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