And Beauty Answers

And Beauty Answers

The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle

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All but forgotten, Frances Loring and Florence Wyle were major forces in establishing Canadian sculpture and the style of Canadian national monuments. Frances and Florence met in 1906 at the Chicago Art Institute, where Florence was a teacher and Frances a student. Immediately forming a connection that would endure the rest of their lives, they moved together in 1910 to a studio in bohemian Greenwich Village, before relocating to the more conservative city of Toronto. Removed from the Modernist movement that began to sweep the United States soon after their departure, Frances and Florence took up residence in a converted church where they entertained such prominent Canadian artists as Emmanuel Hahn, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, and Group of Seven member A.Y. Jackson.

And Beauty Answers by Elspeth Cameron reexamines the Girls' careers, from their early days struggling to be recognized in a man's profession, to their final days in separate rooms of a nursing home. Whatever the full extent of their relationship, the Girls continue to be defined as much by the bond they shared as by the works they created. And Beauty Answers explores a partnership that helped shape the landscape of Canadian art.

Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, c2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781897151136
Branch Call Number: 730.92271 Cam
Characteristics: 526, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.


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Apr 17, 2018

A richly annotated biography of two women who were arguably the most accomplished Canadian sculptors of their day, now sadly almost forgotten. Their devotion to classic beauty is nowadays seen as old-fashioned, their insightful personal studies and classic figures having been pushed aside by ugly constructions of metal, fiberglass or assorted rubbish that purport to be sculpture.
The title, which is a line from one of Florence Wyle's poems, say it all.
This book is an ideal reference companion to Rebecca Sisler's biography The Girls.

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