FREDERICK ARTHUR VERNER, O.S.A., A.R.C.A.
INDIANS PADDLING AT SUNSET
watercolour on card
signed and dated 1902
10 ins x 20 ins; 25.4 cms x 50.8 cms
Murray writes: “Verner first studied Indians from life in Peterborough, Ontario. Indians paddling in a canoe eventually became a favourite subject.” Examples date from the late 1860s to first decade of the next century. Despite little variation from picture to picture, the demand for such works continued. Murray continues: “The art-buying public loved Verner’s Indian subjects partly because he painted an era which even by the 1890s no longer existed.” Instead collectors, then as today, appreciated the poetry of the subject and his romantic handling of it.
Joan Murray, The Last of the Buffalo: The Story of Frederick Arthur Verner, Painter of the Canadian West, Pagurian Press, Toronto, 1984, pages 68 and 115.
Private Collection, Toronto