Artwork by Frederick Stanley Haines,  Poplars in the Fall

Fred Haines
Poplars in the Fall

oil on board
signed lower left; titled on the reverse
14 x 11.5 ins ( 35.6 x 29.2 cms )

Sold for $3,680.00
Sale date: May 25th 2017

Private Collection, Ontario
Painted just outside of Algonquin Park within Haliburton county, one can imagine the warm autumnal sun as it streams in from the left of the composition, enveloping the poplar trees in a warm glow. With loose brush strokes, the artist showcases his impressionistic influences in his painterly oeuvre. Landscapes and forest interiors are a particular point of interest for the artist with the effects of light and shadow figuring prominently in his works. The use of light blues delineating shadow, complement the decidedly light and airy palette employed in this composition, giving an ethereal quality to the piece.

An inscription by the artist on the reverse reads: “Poplars in the Fall - Painted about two miles above Minden on the Dorset Highway, F.S.H. A large canvas was painted from this original and exhibited about 1932.”

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Frederick Stanley Haines
(1879 - 1960) POSA, PRCA, CSPWC

Fred Haines was born in Meaford, Ontaio. His ambition to become an artist developed at a very early age, moving to Toronto at seventeen, to pursue his dream. He made a living and financed his studies at the Central Ontario School of Art by painting portraits for a travelling art dealer. He first exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists in 1901 and was elected a member in 1906. He continued his art studies in Europe at the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts, in Antwerp, Belgium, where he was awarded a gold medal for figure painting.

In 1919, Haines expanded his artistic repertoire to include printmaking. His printmaking came to broad attention in 1924 at an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto. An article in Toronto's Star Weekly magazine noted that his etchings displayed "remarkable tone quality" and were responsible for the artist "becoming famous the continent over...!"

He became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1919 and was elected president of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1924. Haines was appointed Curator at the Art Gallery of Toronto four years later. He remained in that post until his appointment as principle of the Ontario School of Art in 1932. In his capacity as Commissioner of Fine Arts for the Canadian National Exhibition, he was instrumental in bringing the work of Picasso and Dali to to the CNE art gallery, a very progressive move for the 1930s. He was elected president of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1939.

Although he worked in a figurative style himself, Haines was very open to non-objective painting styles among his peers and students. As principle of the Ontario College of Art, he kept a studio where he could paint, allowing students to observe how he "solved his own painting problems". Upon his retirement for teaching, in 1951, he returned to painting full time at his studio in Thornhill. After his death in 1960, an exhibition of his work was held at the Art Gallery of Toronto.

Ref: A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Colin S. MacDonald, Volume II, 1979, Canadian Paperbacks, Ottawa