Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women Artists
hardcover - 408 pages
A.K. Prakash
Firefly Books, 2008

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

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