My Daily Art

Frederick Horsman Varley. View from the Artist’s Bedroom Window, Jericho Beach, 1929. oil on canvas, 99.4 x 83.8 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with the assistance of the Women’s Committee and the Woods-Harris Trust Fund No. 1. G-72-7.

A window is a valued asset in these days of self isolation; and a window that opens up to a view is a prize.

With spring upon us, the desire to catch the light, feel a breeze, and measure the quickly changing landscape is critical to our physical and mental wellbeing. And yet many are without this prospect right now.

The view from a window is a common subject for artists, especially for Canadian artists – perhaps because of the long winters we endure. Frederick Varley (1881-1969), one of the founding members of the Group of Seven, painted this work in the WAG, “View from the Artist’s Bedroom Window, Jericho Beach”, after he settled in Vancouver.

Every part of the scene – the sandy beach, rocks, pools of water, the ocean expanse, and mountains, become one visual rhythm set in time by the band of lapping waves. Just focus on the view – and it will take you away for a moment.

While the WAG is temporarily closed, this series of posts from Director & CEO, Dr. Stephen Borys, shares an artwork from the collection every day until the Gallery reopens. Follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, or visit our stories section for this and more WAG@Home content.



One response to “My Daily Art”

  1. Ruth Swan says:

    I like the paintings which show a “view from a window”, some of which Dr. Stephen Borys has highlighted from the collections. That is an interesting insight. Of course, we are doing that now when we are housebound during the pandemic! Nature assumes a new importance and artists help us see the beauty in front of us. It is therapeutic. Thanks to Stephen Borys and the WAG for these daily treats. Ruth Swan

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