WALTER HAWLEY YARWOOD, R.C.A.
oil on canvas board
signed and titled on the reverse
24 ins x 30 ins; 61 cms x 76.2 cms
Landscape is a strong painting – one that you might point to as proof of Walter Yarwood’s keen instincts as an abstract painter. Being a member of Painters Eleven, Yarwood was most closely associated with abstract art, but landscapes were a constant thread throughout his life. In 1958, presumably around the same time that this painting was made, his talent for abstracting the landscape was championed in a review of the exhibition, “Painters Eleven and the Works of Ten Distinguished Artists from Quebec,” which opened at the Park Gallery on October 31, 1958:
“One of the prizewinners in this display is a landscape by Yarwood. As late as last year it was difficult to see much resemblance to landscape in Yarwood’s large canvases of luminous orange and purple paint. This example, however, is a subtle variation on a sturdy classical landscape composition…”
We thank Dr. Sarah Stanners, art historian, curator, and Director of the Jack Bush Catalogue Raisonné for contributing this essay.
Toronto Daily Star [October 1958] qtd. in Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2010
A Gift from the Artist to Private Collection, Ontario