Steven Scott Painting II
This beautiful and serene landscape painting by Steven Scott (1938–) depicts a colourful sunset over a quaint farm. Rendered in watercolour and pastel, the slanting rays of the setting sun give a vibrant yellow-blue tinge to the artwork. The loose brushstrokes give the appearance of a fleeting moment captured in time – a technique common during the Impressionist movement. While this scene seems fairly simple to the naked eye, it actually took tremendous skill to create. Scott demonstrates his skill and technique through the transient and detailed layers of paint. His luminous palette expertly renders the impression of farmland with artistic integrity. This work is part of a series of three paintings that depict sunset landscapes in different ways. The same sumptuous and textured gold frame unifies the three works. Although little is known about Scott’s artistic practice, this charming landscape comes from Helen Mazelow (1927–2005), who was an art buyer for Sears along with Vincent Price (1911–1993). This painting would be stunning on its own, or delightful on a wall next to Scott’s other two works.
At this time in Canada, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) proposed the construction of a subway line, to assist with the congestion of traffic along Yonge Street. The plan for Canada’s first subway line was approved by voters in 1946, and opened in 1954. Today, Line 1 Yonge-University, is one of the busiest subway lines in North America.