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David Milne: An Introduction to His Life and Artby David P Silcox
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A well illustrated concise introduction to the art and life of David Milne (1882-1953), widely regarded as one of the most gifted Canadian painters of his generation.
The illustrated chronicle of a fascinating artist.
David Milne is considered by many to be the most gifted Canadian painters of his generation. Milne experienced life as an artist in turn-of-the-century New York, as a soldier in World War I, and as a contemporary of the Group of Seven in Canada. This concise book traces the painter's development over the course of tumultuous personal and historical events.
Born in 1882, his interest in art led to taking a correspondence course then moving to New York to work as an illustrator. He enjoyed early success and five of his works were exhibited at the famous 1913 Armory Show along with paintings by Monet, Duchamp, Matisse, and Van Gogh. In 1917 Milne joined the Canadian army and became an official War Artist in 1919.
After the war, Milne lived and painted in New York State before returning permanently to Canada in 1929. In 1933 he built a secluded cabin north of Orillia, Ontario where he spent the next six years painting. While a close contemporary of the Group of Seven, Milne was interested in "pure painting — embarking on "adventures in shape, colour, texture, and space.
Milne touched on many different themes, including landscapes, cities, still life, imaginary subjects, and the aftermath of war. This book succinctly captures the artistic development of an artist who saw magic in everyday life and painted with verve and passion.
A richly illustrated biography of a fascinating artist.
David Milne (1882-1953) experienced life as an artist in turn-of-the-century New York, as a soldier in World War I, and as a contemporary of the Group of Seven in Canada. This book traces the gifted painter's development over the course of tumultuous personal and historical events.
Milne enjoyed early success, and five of his works were exhibited at the landmark Armory Show of 1913 in New York, alongside paintings by Monet, Duchamp, Matisse and Van Gogh. He was, according to America's foremost art critic, Clement Greenberg, among the three greatest artists of their generation in North America. His highly original paintings from his early career earned him critical acclaim, and at age 65 he was still considered, by curators and other artists, as Canada's most innovative artist.
David Milne: An Introduction to His Life and Art is a richly illustrated book that elegantly captures the development of an artist who saw magic in everyday life and painted with verve and passion.
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