FREDERICK BOURCHIER TAYLOR, R.C.A.
THE CHURCH OF SAN GUANITO, OAXACA, MEXICO
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘57
36 ins x 30 ins; 91.4 cms x 76.2 cms
Renowned for his depictions of Montreal street scenes, Fred Taylor moved from Montreal to San Miguel, Mexico in 1960 where he would reside for the remainder of his life.
Taylor viewed San Miguel, then as now a robust artist’s colony, as a place where makers of art were valued and where the government demonstrated its support. The town was filled with fellow artists, and the camaraderie he found there reminded him of his art school days in London. Taylor enjoyed the paintable scenes that abounded in San Miguel, and reveled in this cultural hub.
Taylor died in San Miguel in 1987 at the age of 81.
John Virtue, Fred Taylor, Brother in the Shadows, McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal & Kingston, 2008, pages 174-175.
Private Collection, Montreal