Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
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GEORGE AGNEW REID, O.S.A., P.R.C.A.
Private Collection, Toronto, ON
Reid served as the Principal of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), retiring from the position in 1927—the same year this painting was completed. While Reid is best known for his emotional narrative genre pieces, it is possible that this painting is somewhat of a metaphor for this moment in his own life, as the farmer takes a pause to look back and admire his day’s work. Reid was born into a Scottish farming family of 9 children. His father discouraged his early inclinations to become an artist, pushing him instead into farm work. Reid persevered and received training at the Ontario College of Art in 1879—an institution that, cyclically, he would end up running decades later.
Fair condition. Craquelure throughout and some paint loss predominantly in bottom left quadrant near signature. Small chip at left edge.
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