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REID, Isobelle Chestnut

Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1903
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Biography synopsis
Reid attended the Ontario College of Art where she studied with Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, and J. W. Beatty. After graduating from OCA, she continued her studies at the Parsons School of Fine and Applied Arts in New York. In 1942 Reid traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she worked with Leonard and Reva Brooks. She was recognized for figurative works, as well as still life and landscape paintings in both oil and watercolour. Reid was an active member of the Hayden Street or Studio Group of Painters, formed by Barker Fairly in 1938 in Toronto. She was also the first member of the Studio Group to hold a one-person show at the Hart House in Toronto in 1943. During her career Reid exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists (1933), the Royal Canadian Academy (1936), and the Picture Loan Society (1938). Her work is held in the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Media used
Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario School of Art) (under Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, and J. W. Beatty)
Parsons School of Design, New York
Hayden Street/Studio Group
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
Art Gallery of Ontario. The Canadian Collection. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Co. of Canada, 1970.
Hughes, Margaret E. A Guide to Canadian Painters. Toronto: King's Printer, 1940.
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.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008.
Virtue, John. Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende. Montreal: McGill Queen's University Press, 2001.
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) "Art Association Opens 57th Spring Exhibit. Notable Feature of Display Is Unusually Large Proportion Of Portraits or Portrait Studies."  Montreal Star  March 21, 1940.  p.19.   Full-text pdf

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