F.H. Varley

Vera

1931
Varley’s numerous portraits of Vera are among his most memorable works produced in British Columbia. The naturalism found in his earlier paintings was replaced by a more complex relationship with line, shape and colour – an influence of Buddhism. The artist believed that everyone had an aura corresponding to a specific colour; he saw Vera as a “green person,” a colour he associated with the highest spirituality and purity.
Artist
Title
Vera
Date
1931
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
61 x 50.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Vincent Massey Bequest, 1968
Accession number
15559