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AITKEN, Melita

Naissance
Drumbo, Ontario, 1866
Décès
Vancouver, British Columbia, 1945
Notice biographique
Melita Aitken studied under Mary Ella Dignam in Toronto, and under Vanderpoel at the Art Institute of Chicago. In her early career she painted portraits in oils, but later specialized in watercolour flower painting when she discovered the lead in her paints was affecting her health. She was married to Captain Aitken, who was killed in World War I. Aitken then spent a year overseas, and came back to live in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario shortly before moving to Victoria, then Vancouver. Her work was exhibited at the Royal Academy; in London, Ontario in 1931; at the Royal Canadian Academy in from 1931 to 1933; in the Salon des Artists Francais in Paris in 1932 and 1933; and at the Spring shows of the Art Association of Montreal from 1932 to 1943. Aitken was also featured in solo exhibits at the Victoria Art Gallery in 1936, and the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1938.
Médias
Painting
Watercolour
Etudes
Art Institute of Chicago (Sous la direction de Vanderpoel)
Private study (Sous la direction de Mary Ella Dignam)
Associations
British Columbia Society of Artists, 1918-1930
Island Arts and Crafts Society
National Association of Women Artists
Women's Art Club, Toronto
Lieux de conservation des dossiers et archives
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHIE

Documents sur l'artiste
Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Leipzig: G. K. Saur, 1992.
"Exhibition by Noted Artist." Gazette (Montreal) 17 Aug. 1936.
"Floral Motif in Pictures." Vancouver Sun 28 Oct. 1938.
"Guide to Canadian Painters." Ontario Library Review Toronto: Provincial Library Service, 24.2 (May 1940): 188.
"L'Academie Royale Canadienne des Arts." Le Devoir (Montreal) 23 Nov. 1933.
"Le 50e Salon du Printemps." Le Devoir (Montreal) 8 Apr. 1933: 2.
"Some Pictures In the Spring Exhibition." Toronto Star 22 Mar. 1935.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Association was Opened on Thursday." Toronto Star 12 Mar. 1933.
"Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal." Toronto Star 22 Mar. 1933.
Appleton, Marion Brymner, ed. Who's Who in Northwest Art: A Directory of Persons in the Pacific Northwest Working in the Media of Painting, Sculpture, Graphic Arts, and Handicrafts. Seattle: Frank McCaffrey, 1941.
Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. Paris: Librairie Grund, 1976.
Desbiens, Lucien. "Au Salon: L'Academie Royale Canadienne des Arts." Devoir (Montreal) 23 Nov. 1933.
H.P.B. "I.A.A. Opens Exhibition with 300 Canvases." Montreal Daily Star 12 Oct. 1932: 8.
Harper, J. Russell. Early Painters and Engravers in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970.
Hughes, Margaret E. A Guide to Canadian Painters. Toronto: King's Printer, 1940.
Johnson, Jane and A. Greutzer. Dictionary of British Artists, 1880-1940. Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club, 1976.
Lemieux, Yves. "Le 50e Salon du Printemps." Le Devoir (Montreal) 8 Apr. 1933.
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Petteys, Chris, et al. Dictionary of Women Artists: An International Dictionary of Women Artists Born Before 1900. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1985.
Royal Academy of Arts. Exhibitions 1905-1970: A Dictionary of Artists and their Work in the Summer Exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts. East Ardsley: EP Publishing, 1982.

Documents rédigés par l'artiste
Aitken, Melita. Maple Grove, and Other Poems. Toronto: Warwick Bros. & Rutter, c. 1920.

Texte intégral de compte rendu (pdf).
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, novembre 19, 1931) "Canadian Artists Are Well Represented At R.C.A. Exhibition."  Montreal Star  novembre 20, 1931.  p.19.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, novembre 19, 1931) "Wide Range of Art In R.C.A. Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  novembre 20, 1931.  p.10.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, novembre 19, 1931) "Landscapes, Portraits, Water Colors, Sculpture, Viewed at Exhibition of Royal Canadian Academy."  Montreal Star  novembre 25, 1931.  p.11.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, novembre 19, 1931) "Paintings Show Big Advance on Those of Last Exhibition.`"  Standard (Montreal)  décembre 05, 1931.  p.54.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 17, 1932) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  mars 18, 1932.  p.6.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 17, 1932) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  mars 18, 1932.  p.7.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 17, 1932) "Pictures at Art Association Have Wide Variety in Theme."  Montreal Star  mars 23, 1932.  p.12.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 16, 1933) "50th Spring Show Opened to Public. Jury Shows Open Mind. From Over 1,000 Entries, 543 Works Representative of Various Schools Have Been Selected."  Gazette (Montreal)  mars 17, 1933.  p.6.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 16, 1933) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Was Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  mars 17, 1933.  p.19.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 16, 1933) "Spring Exhibition of the Art Association of Montreal"  Montreal Star  mars 22, 1933.  17.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 16, 1933) Yves Lemieux.  "Le 50e Salon du Printemps."  Le Devoir  avril 08, 1933.  p.2.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, novembre 1933) "Many Artists from Toronto in Royal Academy Showing."  Evening Telegram (Toronto)  novembre 17, 1933.  p.4.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, novembre 1933) Reta W. Myers.  "In the Domain of Art. A Weekly Causerie of Interest to Art Lovers."  Publication Not Verified  novembre 18, 1933.  p.14.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 21, 1935) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Variety in Show at Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. 1,080 Items Submitted. Judges Reveal Open Minds and 52nd Annual Contains Much to Meet Differing Tastes."  Gazette (Montreal)  mars 22, 1935.  p.3.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 21, 1935) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  mars 22, 1935.  p.17.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 21, 1935) "Some Pictures in the Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  mars 27, 1935.  p.22.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 19, 1936) "Spring Exhibition on Generous Scale. Show at Art Gallery Opened Last Night Contains 621 Items."  Gazette (Montreal)  mars 20, 1936.  p.2.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 19, 1936) "Annual Spring Exhibition at Art Association."  Montreal Star  mars 20, 1936.  p.8.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 18, 1937) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  mars 19, 1937.  p.13,17.   Comptes rendus intégraux
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, mars 18, 1937) "The Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  mars 19, 1937.  p.17.   Comptes rendus intégraux

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