FREDERICK GRANT BANTING
oil on panel
titled, dated “June 1939” and certified by the artist’s wife on the reverse
8.5 ins x 10.5 ins; 21.6 cms x 26.7 cms
Reminiscing about Frederick Banting for an essay accompanying the 1943 Hart House exhibition following Banting’s death, A.Y. Jackson recounts “I remember him telling me about going to a store for colours, not knowing which colours he needed... Things were not going well and trying his hand at painting had no more serious purpose than to pass the time.”
Years later however, Jackson admitted “from the mere amateur, Banting was developing into a vigorous painter. Apart from a few canvases painted at home, most of his work was painted on small birch panels, out-of-doors, under all kinds of weather conditions. He was learning to simplify and keep his colours fresh.”
A.Y. Jackson, Banting as an Artist, The Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1943, pages 11 and 43.
Private Collection, Toronto