Frederick Varley (1881-1969) - Self Portrait
Canada 17c Stamp issued 1981
Painting completed c. 1945
Varley was born in England but emigrated to Canada and was one of the "Group of Seven" painters. He was critical of disapproved of extreme forms of abstract art as being untrue to nature and he was critical of Picasso, accusing him of "tearing the world apart" in his work.
The Group of Seven artists worked in the early parts of the 20th Century to establish a distinct Canadian style of art that recognised the unique landscapes and challenges that were different to the European traditions. This can be compared also to Heidelberg School in Australia that also manifested itself around the unique landscapes in the southern continent.
This is the first of three Canadian Stamp paintings that were issued in 1981.