Artwork by Charles Fraser Comfort,  Rock Forms, Split Rock Island

Charles Comfort
Rock Forms, Split Rock Island

oil on board
signed lower left, signed and dated 1930 lower right; titled on a label on the reverse
12 x 16 ins ( 30.5 x 40.6 cms )

Sold for $4,370.00
Sale date: March 14th 2018

Provenance:
Joyner Fine Art, auction, November 15, 1996, Lot 82
Private Collection, Nova Scotia

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Charles Fraser Comfort
(1900 - 1994) OSA, PRCA, RCA, CSPWC, MSA, CSGA, CGP

Charles Comfort was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 22, 1900 and immigrated to Winnipeg in 1912. After working at Brigden's in Winnipeg and studying at the Arts Students’ League in New York he moved to Toronto in 1925. From 1960 to 1965 Comfort served as Director of the National Gallery of Canada. While the National Gallery had had custody of the War Art Collections since 1946, it was only under Comfort that a Curator of War Art was appointed. During that time Comfort's commitment to war art showed itself in the funds made available for the proper storage and care of the collections and in the many important acquisitions in which he was personally involved. Some of the most popular Canadian paintings of the Second World War are Comfort's work. "The Hitler Line", a dramatic subject based on the artist's experiences in the Italian campaign hangs permanently in the Canadian War Museum. Comfort's careful reconstruction of the events of the ill-fated "Dieppe Raid" is another well-known composition.