|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure||
A fabulous Paul Wickson print in mint condition, still in its original glass and frame.
This print wonderfully summarizes Paul Wickson's Canada during the late Victorian and Edwardian period.
It was an image shared by countless Canadians who bought up his prints and lovingly hung them in family rooms, hotels, grocery stores, bars, and houses of ill repute.
It was of a Canada that mostly minded its own business and spent its treasure expanding services and civilization for its own people.
A far cry from today when billions of dollars are being diverted from local Canadian needs to pounding thousands of Muslim men, women, and children into dust in far off Afghanistan.
But the corporate interests, that once saw Canadian expansion as a place for business opportunities, now greedily see the economic and strategic advantages of making war to subdue Muslims, who, they believe, have no right to all that oil that God, unfairly, gave them control over.
Look at Paul Wickson and weep, for a vision of Canada that once was, and has been lost in the 21st century, as greed and plain racist nastiness turns Canada into a mean right wing partner of Bushite America in foreign policy.
|Lithograph, The Farm Pets - Paul Wickson, 1900|
|Orig. print - Image Size - 23 cm
Found - Orillia, ON
A very rare find, indeed, is this fabulous Paul Wickson painting of cows reflected in a river edge.
Paul's cows are the equal of famed British animal painter TS Cooper, or better.
The cows tell you that the homestead, in the back right, belongs to a Scottish settler who favours cattle from the ould sod.
They are Ayrshire cattle, good for milk and meat both. They are multi-coloured, and can be found in black, red, brown, and white. They are equal, in many performance categories, to Holstein-Friesans, and superior in some. Their milk is very good for cheese making; they calve easily, and they live a long time.
Paul's paintings are very rare to come across. Only a few are in private collections, and those that are, no one wants to give up.
|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure|
|Evening on the Grand River - Paul Wickson, c 1900|
|Orig. oil - Image Size - 23 cm
Found - Port Hope, ON
Unlike so many other animal painters, who are content to show their animals off by themselves, Paul always showed his horses and cows related to their human masters. He viewed man and beast in the rural Canadian locations he depicted, as partners living in sync together.
Here he shows the newly built log cabin in the background, featuring a main house and a lean-to addition on the side.
And, scurrying off to the side, a woman in bustling blouse and flouncy long skirt, rushing off to some urgent task. Her arms are already reaching up; perhaps the baby has fallen and is crying... Or the dog has treed a coon and is barking wildly...
In the foreground, oblivious to it all, but sternly on guard, another mother stands stock still and casts a wary eye, as her own baby nurses.
Paul has managed to give this mother the same powerful personality perks that he gave to all his animal portraits.
And down the years, no doubt, the farmer easily recognized, in the painting, his own cows as the unique individuals he remembered once inhabited his farmyard.
"My goodness, if that isn't Flossie nursing Snuffy... Oh, and there's Sylvia and Maggie too. You remember? It was before mom accidentally burned the cabin down and we had to move to town..."
Paul Giovanni Wickson RCA - 1859 - 1922 - 3