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A glorious highlight from Canada's past, captured with flawless elan by Art Hider, probably inspired during the period he lived in western Canada..

But his buffalo - bison to you - and horse are powerful and alive. There is foreground aplenty in this picture. But, like in the best art, by top artists, there is also middle ground interest - another brave chasing the rest of the herd - and background - the meandering Saskatchewan River.

Now go look for middle ground or background interest, in a Riopelle, or Bush, or Poppycock - or come to think of it, foreground interest... since the best they can bring themselves to produce is peeling decaying garage wallpaper.

Their art does not speak for anyone nor represents anything. I have never heard an intelligent discussion in front of a Riopelle. Which is perfectly proper, since there is nothing intelligent on the canvas... Even the artist on his treadmill, gave up long ago, and just numbers his creations... or leaves it untitled for you to figure out what the mess is all about...

Their art has only one message, "I'm worth a lot, a lot more than you can afford. So there!" It's a taunt the idle rich find irresistable.


Po nis cha pan ne ka pe Hunts Buffalo - 1906
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 42
Found - Toronto, ON


Arthur Henry Hider (1870-1952) - 4

1 3 5 7 9 11
2 4 6 8 10 12
The Horses of Art Hider
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Gilbert Aboard #10 - AH Hider
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 46 cm
Found - Snelgrove, ON
Prov - The Bull Collection
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure


Art's most famous litho is this one of the Old Woodbine (Greenwood) Racetrack as the horses parade before the running of the Queen's Plate, still today, Canada's most well-known horse race.

It was at this track, in front of the grand stand, that Great Britain's Duke of York, on his first visit to Canada, in 1901, handed out the Queen's South Africa Medals to hundreds of returned Canadian volunteers who lined up to receive the honour. William Knisley of Jarvis, ON (left) was one who stood here, before the future King George V, to receive his Distinguished Conduct Medal, the second highest medal for bravery in the Empire.

Without a doubt, Art Hider was in the crowd watching the proceedings on that historic day.

The Queen's & King's Plate Winners, Old Woodbine Racetrack, 1908 (detail) - AH Hider
Orig. litho - Size - 21" x 32"
Found - Toronto, ON
Signed AH Hider 1908



Art painted his brother Ernie above, winning a steeplechase at Woodbine in 1910, left.

Thanks for the Memory: Shamefully this historic stadium was torn down, the property razed to the ground, and now totally covered with a concrete jungle of hundreds of tightly packed row houses, more dense than a Victorian tenement. Art's paintings have preserved its glory days for all time.

The Seagrams whiskey labels, which he designed, incorporated the large lithograph, the original of which is now at the New Woodbine Race Track.

Great Canadian Heritage Treasure


Parmer - AH Hider 1910
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 46 cm
Found - Snelgrove, ON
Prov - The Bull Collection
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure


Seismic - AH Hider 1908
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 46 cm
Found - Snelgrove, ON
Prov - The Bull Collection
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

Sapper - AH Hider 1904
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 46 cm
Found - Snelgrove, ON
Prov - The Bull Collection
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure

 


Slaughter - AH Hider 1906
Orig. chromolithograph - Image Size - 36 x 46 cm
Found - Snelgrove, ON
Prov - The Bull Collection
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They're at the Post: Art's renown for painting horses landed him numerous contracts to paint the winners at the Old Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON.

The highlight of the racing season there, in the 19th century - as it still is today - was the running of the Queen's (or King's) Plate. (It depends on who the reigning British monarch is at the time.)

Right, the fine head of Joe Miller, winner of the Queen's Plate in 1894, as Art painted him.

Above the Queen's Plate and King's Plate winners on parade for Arthur Hider, in a glorious and huge commission he executed for the House of Seagrams. This painting would be featured in various labels Art designed for its line of its famous Canadian whiskeys.

The Jockey Club of Ontario:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Among the finest lithos that remain from the heydey of Art Hider's output, a century ago, is this magnificent set of portraits of the winners of the King's Plate, during the reign of Edward VII, at Old Woodbine, in Toronto, Ontario.

All are signed A Hider, and once belonged to the family of the artist. They are in fine condition and are in 18 x 22" pine frames.

Seismic 1902 - Sapper 1904

Slaughter 1906 - Parmer 1910

Jockey Gilbert aboard #10