Unlikely Paradise: The Life of Frances Gage

July 23, 2009|
Unlikely Paradise: The Life of Frances Gage by Alan D. Butcher
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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 Thomson''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 poet''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 Canada''s most fascinating artists of the twentieth century.

Alan D. Butcher ran his own graphic design business in Toronto and Montreal for over 20 years. He has published 2 books, I Remember Haida (Lancelot Press, 1985), and Ale & Beer (M & S 1989, history). He has three further books in progress: A novel, a memoir, and an urban social history. He lives in Cobourg Ontario and is a friend of Fr...
Title:Unlikely Paradise: The Life of Frances GageFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 inShipping dimensions:264 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.5 inPublished:23 juillet 2009Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554884233

ISBN - 13:9781554884230

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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