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Short-listed for the 2012 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize
Mildred Valley Thornton (1890¬1967) (HON. CPA, FRSA) was born in Ontario. Portraits of the First Nations peoples of Western Canada became the genius loci of her oeuvre. During the Depression, her family moved to Vancouver. She became an advocate for First Nations peoples and made important historical contributions to British Columbian art and culture. Thornton was also a noted journalist, Vancouver Sun art critic(1944¬1959), book reviewer and published poet.
Before she died, Thornton unsuccessfully tried to interest Canadian institutions in purchasing her collection of approximately 300 portraits of First Nations peoples of Canada. Identified in her work are ancestors from twenty-four Western First Nations, including, Haida, Kwakwaka'wakw, Squamish, Stó:lo, on the plains these include the Cree, Kainai, Piikani, Saulteaux, Sitsika and Tsuu T'ina. When she realized no government agency or gallery was going to purchase her work, she was so anguished that she wrote a codicil to her will. The codicil was improperly witnessed; the work remained intact. Her work is in the Royal B.C. Museum and Archives, the Glenbow Museum, the Heiltsuk Nation, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, the Simon Fraser University Gallery, the Squamish Nation and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Introduction by Sherrill Grace.
Sinossi: The first book on this major Canadian artist. During her lifetime (1890-1967), Mildred Valley Thornton (Hon. CPA, FRSA), was noted nationally and internationally. Accomplished with landscapes and portraits, watercolours andoils, the full story of this distinctive artist is being told for the first time. At the end of her life, Thornton unsuccessfully tried to interest Canadian institutions in purchasing her collection of over 300 portraits of First Nations peoples of Western Canada. When Mildred realized no government agency or gallery was going to purchase her work, she was so anguished that she wrote a codicil to her will. She stated that her paintings of First Nations people and life should either be auctioned off or destroyed. To the relief of her executors and heirs, the codicil was improperly witnessed?the work remained intact. That historic legacy is now dispersed in private as well as corporate, First Nations, gallery, and museum collections. Fiercely independent, adventurous, confident, and driven, Thornton?s life, like her oeuvre, is unique in Canadian art history. In addition, Mildred was a noted journalist, a Vancouver Sun art critic (1944-1959), a book reviewer, a published poet, and the author of one award-winning book, Indian Lives and Legends (1966). ?Mildred is the second most important early female artist in BC.? ?Anthony Westbridge, Westbridge Fine Art
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Descrizione libro Mother Tongue Publishing, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1896949053. Codice libro della libreria IM109633
Descrizione libro Mother Tongue Publishing, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. 1896949053. Codice libro della libreria IM216392
Descrizione libro Mother Tongue Publishing. Paperback. Condizione libro: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Codice libro della libreria 2511463682
Descrizione libro Mother Tongue Publishing, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: Brand New. first edition edition. 158 pages. 9.50x8.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 1896949053