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Date: 190?
Artist: Frederick Arthur Verner
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 19 x 35 in. (48.3 x 88.9 cm)

signed & dated lower right; signed & titled verso and on the exhibition label
Provenance: Johnson Art Galleries, Montreal QC
Exhibited: Royal Canadian Academy (Montreal Exhibition)
Literature: “The Last Buffalo: The Story of Frederick Arthur Verner, Painter of the Canadian West” (Joan Murray; Pagurian Press; 1984). Refer to pages 136 and 145 for examples of similar works (dating from 1909 and 1906 respectively).

One of very few painters of the era born in Ontario, Verner is known for his interpretations of the majestic Prairie Bison and Indigenous life in early Canada. Verner exhibited widely during his long career: with the Royal Canadian Academy (from its founding in 1880 until his death in 1928); with the Ontario Society of Artists (1872-1922); with the Art Association on Montreal (1872-1922); and he exhibited regularly overseas.

Verner began studying the Plains Buffalo early in his career, initially using books, illustrations and artwork as source material. By the time Verner made his first trip West, the animals had virtually disappeared from the Prairies. An early painting titled “The Stampede”, by American artist William Jacob Hays, impressed Verner and initiated his fascination with the animals and a dedication to painting them in earnest. Bison would become a favoured subject for the remaining 66 years of the artist’s life. In 1875, Verner began to draw bison from life, studying them and creating sketches for future use, often in zoos or wild west shows. Unlike other early Western and American artists, Verner did not portray the Bison in hunting scenes, rather preferring to depict them as he imagined they would have been in their free and natural state.

LOT: 90

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