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SCOTT, Marian Dale

Born
Montreal, Quebec, 1906
Died
Montreal, Quebec, 1993
Biography synopsis
A versatile painter, Marian Mildred Dale Scott experimented with a variety of styles and techniques during her career. Her training took place at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and later at the Slade School, London, England. During this period, her paintings were described as being similar in style to those of Amedeo Modigliani. She also produced a few social realist works, perhaps inspired by the events of the Depression. Between 1935 and 1938, Scott taught at the Children's Art Centre with fellow painter Fritz Brandtner, who introduced her to stylistic developments in recent French painting, such as surrealism. This interest was encouraged by her membership in John Lyman's Contemporary Art Society, with its modernist concerns. In 1944, she held her first solo show at the Grace Horne Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts (her first solo show in Canada would not take place until 1977). Scott continued to engage with surrealism, but also experimented with simplified realism, verging on precisionism, and with coloured abstractions. Only recently has her contribution to Canadian art begun to be recognized.
Media used
Painting
Education
Slade School of Art, London
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
Memberships
Contemporary Arts Society
File & Archive locations
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit - Arts Branch
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Edmonton Art Gallery, AB - Library
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
Toronto Reference Library, ON
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
Calgary Public Library, AB - Arts Department
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Writings by
Scott, Marian Dale. Josie Paperk. Vancouver: 1983
Scott, Marian Dale. "Art and Science." Canadian Art 1.1 (Oct/Nov 1943: 17 and 19
Scott, Marian Dale. "Brownies." Study Chronicle (Jun. 1926): 9
Scott, Marian Dale et al. Norman Bethune: His Times and His Legacy. Ottawa: Canadian Public Health Association, 1982

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Spring Exhibition at Art Gallery. Returned Soldier Exhibits Two Works Sketched at the Front."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Artist's Efforts Reach High Level."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Meritorious Work at Spring Exhibit. Mural Paintings in R.C.A. Competition Part of Entries at Art Gallery."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.15.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) S. Morgan-Powell.  "Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  .  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, ) Albert Laberge.  "Appréciation de quelques toiles du Salon des artistes Canadiens."  La Presse (Montreal)  .  p.52.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries. Jury Selection Sympathetic to Sincere and Normal Work - Promise Shown by New Exhibitors."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.12.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "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)  .  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.13,17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "The Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  .  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) McInnis, G. Campbell.  "World of Art."  Saturday Night  .  p.27.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) Robert Ayre.  "Evolution In Canadian Art Principle Message of Exhibition. 56th In Art Association's History."  Standard (Montreal)  .  p.20.   Full-text pdf

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