Artist William Brymner
Title Gleichen N.W.T.
Media oil on canvas
Dated ca. 1886
Size 10.5 x 22.25 in. / 26.7 x 56.5 cm.
Frame Size 14.25 x 26 x 2.75 in.
signed and inscribed 'To friend Begg, with best wishes' lower right; bears title on plaque attached to frame; framed; canvas relined; some cracking noted
'In 1886 Brymner made his first trip by train to Western Canada, where he painted the Blackfoot Nation on their reserve in Gleichen, North-West Territories [now Alberta] and scenes in the Selkirk Mountains. William Van Horne admired these works, finding them less overpowering than the scenes he had commissioned earlier from Lucius O'Brien and John A. Fraser to promote travel on his Canadian Pacific Railway. He asked Brymner to make two painting trips in the West on his behalf, in 1892 and 1893." - page 388, Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery by A.K. Prakash, published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2015)
from the Skinner family, Calgary
William Brymner ~ [1855-1925] Canadian CAC, OSA, RCA
see William Brymner, Artist, Teacher, Colleague,by A.Boutilier et al, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2010; N.G.C. Vol.1, A-F, ed.C.Hill, pg.148; A.G.O., by the A.G.O., pg.51; biographies in E.P.E.C., by R.Harper, pg.50 ;Dict. of Canadian Artists, by C.MacDonald, Vol.1, pg.100; Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, by A.Westbridge, Vol.1, pg.51, Westbridge Pub., 1999; Robson, pg.72; Colgate, pg.122; exhibition lists in R.C.A.A., pg.55 and M.M.F.A., by E.McMann, pg.50