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Kodoc, Poland, 1910
Scarborough, ON, 2000
Biography synopsis
Born in Poland in 1910, Ethel Rosenfield immigrated to Montreal in 1919 and waited until she was over 45 and her children were sufficiently independent before enrolling in night classes at Ecole des Beaux Arts. She studied under Armand Filion and later continued during the day with Louis Archambault. In 1962 she was a co-founder of the Quebec Sculptors' Association. Her works were primarily in stone -- Indiana limestone, Carrara, Verona and Quebec marble, though she also used bronze and wood. Her work was shown in Quebec and Ontario as well as at the Rodin Museum in Paris and at the first Symposium of Sculpture in Quebec in Montreal in 1964.
Media used
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal (under Armand Filion, Louis Archambault)
Quebec Sculptors' Association, 1962 Rosenfield was cofounder
File & Archive locations
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, QC
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
London Public Library, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"Ethel Rosenfield, esprit et vérité des materiaux." Vie des Arts 169 (Winter 1998): 39.
"Gallery of the Quebec Association of Sculptors, Montreal." Artscanada 29 (Dec. 1972): 89.
Ayre, Robert. Ethel Rosenfield, Sculpteur. Montréal: L'Association des Sculpteurs du Québec, 1972.
Chinsky, Miriam. "Sculptor Gives Pieces a Soul." Canadian Jewish News 38 - 44 (5 Mar. 1998): 44.
Goddard, Paul. "Sensuous in Stone." Toronto Star 3 Jul. 2004: J13.
Grande, John K. "Ethel Rosenfield: L'Oeuvre de Pierre." Vie des Arts 41.169 (Winter 1998): 37- 9.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009.
Rehak, Peter. "Sculptor's Work Exhibited in Canada, France: Artist was in her late 40s when she enrolled in art school." National Post 31 Mar. 2000: A17.
Roundstone Council for the Arts & Canadian Art Publications. Canadian Artists in Exhibition/Artistes canadiens en exposition. Toronto: Roundstone Council for the Arts & Canadian Art Publications, 1973.
T. Eaton Company Limited. Exhibition and Sale of Art by Contemporary Professional Quebec Artists. Montreal: T. Eaton Company Limited, 1964.

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