HORATIO WALKER, R.C.A.
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1930
30.5 ins x 24 ins; 77.5 cms x 61 cms
Horatio Walker painted pictures in a style influenced by the French Barbizon painters whose work he first saw on a trip to Europe in 1882. His work was popular with American audiences; an earlier version of The Harrower, c. 1894 was bought by an American collector who donated it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911. By 1883, Walker was represented by the Montross Gallery in New York, and typically spent the winter months in New York overseeing his business, while spending his summers on the Île d’Orléans in Quebec where he had bought property in 1888. Walker retired in 1928 to the village of Sainte-Pétronille (his principal residence from 1905) where he continued to produce richly textured paintings on the theme of an idealized past, but using a lighter palette and less detail than in his earlier canvases.
Private Collection, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto (by descent)