Unlikely Paradise

Unlikely Paradise

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Winner of the 2010 Donald Grant Creighton Award Artist Frances Gage, born in 1924 in Windsor, experienced both artistic recognition and acute despair in her life, yet she flourished in her work and as part of the contemporary Toronto art scene. A friend of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, she developed a greater connection with the Group of Seven, working closely with Frederick Varley and producing reliefs of both him and A.Y. Jackson while working in Tom Thomsona€™s shack Frances remained focused and positive and became a successful sculptor, creating more than five hundred works of art. Still, even though she achieved the dream she strove toward during all the years of struggle, she discovered that the Dante-like Paradise she had sought and gained was instead the poeta€™s Inferno in disguise. Her correspondence, as referenced in this remarkable biography, bears out this insight in a life often marked by unsatisfying triumph over tragedy. It presents a candid view of one of Canadaa€™s most fascinating artists of the twentieth century.The doc missed three; I took them out myself when I got home. ... they discovered Frances had omitted the a in the ligature Ab of the cresta#39;s Latin inscription: Dona NaturAb Pro Populo Sunt (The gifts of Nature are for the People). ... Youa#39;ve seen the blueprints. Therea#39;s the phone, call the architect, the designer, the draftsman.

Title:Unlikely Paradise
Author:Alan D. Butcher
Publisher:Dundurn - 2009-07-23


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