Independent Spirit

Independent Spirit

Early Canadian Women Artists

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Baker & Taylor
Presents an introduction to a variety of Canadian women artists, from the 1800s to the present day.

Firefly Books Ltd

A visual journey into a largely forgotten but rich vein in Canada's cultural legacy.

Independent Spirit celebrates women artists in Canada from the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Drawing on rarely seen paintings in private collections, as well as exquisite pieces from public galleries, A.K. Prakash offers a unique and inspired selection of work by women artists who changed the face of Canadian art.

In Part I, seventy-seven works of art by thirty-six artists are presented in detail, each with a stunning full-page colour image and an incisive analysis and appreciation of the work. In Part II, in-depth biographies feature additional full-colour images and details of the artwork to illustrate each artist's approach and distinctive technique.

The first definitive book on the subject, Independent Spirit includes an annotated index of 564 early Canadian women artists and a comprehensive bibliography, with selected resources for each of the thirty-six artists profiled in Parts I and II. Invaluable to collectors and scholars alike, this unrivalled resource will be essential reading for anyone interested in Canadian art.

Artists featured in Independent Spirit:

  • Emily Carr
  • Florence Carlyle
  • Paraskeva Clark
  • Emily Coonan
  • Rody Kenny Courtice
  • Kathleen Daly
  • Mary Bell Eastlake
  • Marcelle Ferron
  • Mary Riter Hamilton
  • Prudence Heward
  • Frances Anne Hopkins
  • Yvonne McKague Housser
  • Simone Hudon-Beaulac
  • Frances Jones
  • Maud Lewis
  • Mabel Lockerby
  • Marion Long
  • Laura Muntz Lyall
  • Pegi Nicol MacLeod
  • Margaret Campbell MacPherson
  • Mabel May
  • Florence McGillivray
  • Helen McNicoll
  • Kathleen Moir Morris
  • Lilias Torrance Newton
  • Sophie Pemberton
  • Christiane Pflug
  • Sarah Robertson
  • Anne Savage
  • Charlotte Schreiber
  • Ethel Seath
  • Regina Seiden
  • Henrietta Shore
  • Jori Smith
  • Elizabeth Wyn Wood
  • Florence Wyle

This richly illustrated survey of Canadian women artists from the eighteenth to mid-twentieth century features stunning reproductions, in-depth biographies, incisive analysis and a comprehensive annotated list of 564 early Canadian women artists.

Book News
This impressive volume presents paintings and biographies of 36 Canadian women artists and an index of 564 early Canadian women artists, in an oversized format (11x12.25") filled with full-page color plates of excellent quality. Prakash, who has written extensively on Canadian art, has arranged the material into an initial section of paintings with descriptions, followed by a lengthier section of the lives of the 36 selected artists, and concluding with the exhaustive artist index, which is annotated with the artists' education and awards. The 36 biographies include details about the artist's life and education, and exhibition history, and are illustrated with examples of their work. Bibliographies of primary and secondary sources, and by artist are provided. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Richmond Hill : Firefly Books, Limited
ISBN: 9781554074174
Characteristics: 408 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm


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