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Stormy weather : F.H. Varley, a biography
Tippett, Maria, 1944-
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Toronto : M&S, [1998]

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x, 343 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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ND249.V37 T56 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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He was a binge drinker and a womanizer -- and one of Canada's finest artists. This first authoritative biography of Varley, yields a new understanding of the Group of Seven member.

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Varley, a Canadian regional painter born in England, was a member of the Canadian Group of Seven, artists who thought to portray the Canadian landscape. Though widely recognized in Canada for his WW I paintings that he did on site in Europe, he never achieved an international reputation. Tippett is neither an artist nor art historian; her book, based on a wealth of original documents, focuses more on the life and social setting of the artist rather than providing any detailed analysis of his art. The writing in the book is uneven and stands in need of editing. Tippett uses more space discussing Varley's drinking, womanizing, and his irresponsible life style rather than providing enough examination of Varley's art. The book would have benefited by the inclusion of more reproductions of his work. Varley was a nonacademic, rugged individualist, interested in producing realistic paintings. He and his group of seven rejected the abstract art movement that was developing in Europe and that later expanded to the New World. His work, usually romantic views of the Canadian landscape, gained recognition because it fitted in with Canadian needs of developing a national identity. A work for upper-division undergraduates through faculty. M. Kren; Kansas State University