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FRAME, Statira Elizabeth

Granby, Quebec, 1870
Vancouver, British Columbia, 1935
Biography synopsis
Statira Elizabeth Frame was a pioneering modernist, noted for the use of colour in her paintings. She was largely self-taught, but absorbed new ideas about post-impressionism from her friend, Emily Carr. Frame studied under Robert Henri in New York and with Armin Hansen in Monterey, California. After her studies in California, Frame began to introduce mauves, pinks and brighter colours to her largely subdued palette. Her work deals with everyday subjects that are infused with new life from her brushwork and bold colours. She exhibited her work throughout Canada, as well as the Seattle Art Museum. She showed one painting at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1926, and three paintings in 1934 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Spring Exhibition.
Media used
New York School of Art (under Robert Henri)
Private study (under Armin Hansen)
British Columbia Society of Artists
Pallette and Chisel Club
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
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
British Columbia Archives

Writings about
"Artists and their Doings: A Local Woman Artist." Western Women's Weekly 5 Jun. 1920
"In the Domain of Art: A Weekly causerie of Interest to Art Lovers." Province (Vancouver) 18 Apr. 1936
"Many Fine Studies in Art Exhibit." Province (Vancouver) 22 Sept. 1919: 6
"Mrs. W. Frame, City Artist, Succumbs." Province (Vancouver) 29 Nov. 1935
"Portraiture Feature of the Sketch Club Exhibit." Province (Vancouver) 5 Jun. 1920: 3
"Sunshine in Paint." Art Gallery Bulletin 3 Apr. 1936
"The Palette and Chisel Club Exhibition." Province (Vancouver) 18 Feb. 1928: 6
"The Week's Review: Some features of the Spring Exhibition." Star (Montreal) 26 Apr. 1934: 90
Chicoine, René. "Le Salon du Printemps." L'Ordre 28 Apr. 1934: 4
Heffel Fine Art Auction House. "Statira E. Frame." Heffel Fine Art Auction House 27 May 1999: 77
Johnson, Eileen. "A Burst of Sunlight from a Forgotten Attic." Vancouver Life (Jul. 1967): 19
MacKenzie, Catherine. "The “Pioneer” Modernism of Statira Frame (1858-1935)" Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference, 30 September – 2 October 2021 2021
Pollack, Jill. "Little-known City Artist Ahead of Her Time." Vancouver Courier 10 Mar. 1993: 24
Thom, William Wylie. The Fine Arts in Vancouver, 1886-1930: An Historical Survey. Vancouver: University of British Colombia, M.A. thesis, 1969
Tippett, Maria and Douglas Cole. From Desolation to Splendour: Changing Perceptions of the British Columbia Landscape Toronto: Clarke, Irwin and Company Ltd, 1977
Vancouver Art Gallery. Catalogue of Paintings by the late Statira Frame. 1936

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, ) "Canada's Art Academy Exhibits."  Winnipeg Free Press  .  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Art Association Spring Show Opens. Private View Inaugurates Exhibition Containing Over Five Hundred Works."  Gazette (Montreal)  .  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) "Fifty-First Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  .  p.15.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) Reynald.  "Le 51e salon de printemps. Morte-saison pour les nôtres."  La Presse (Montreal)  .  p.29.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, ) René Chicoine.  "Le Salon du Printemps."  L'Ordre (Montreal)  .  p.4.   Full-text pdf

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