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Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1899
Mexico City, Mexico, 1943
Biography synopsis
Dalla Husband spent her childhood in Vernon, B.C. where she took art lessons with Jessie Topham Brown who had studied at the Slade School. In 1924, Husband moved to London and later to Paris where she studied printmaking with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17, a well-known print studio where Surrealist artists, including Miro and Picasso among others, worked. She exhibited at the Salon des Surindépendants in 1929 as well as galleries in Paris and London. She moved to Spain in 1937 to support the Republican cause during the Civil War. Her prints were included in two artists' books: "Solidarite" (1938) and "Fraternite" (1939). She remained in Europe for sixteen years, returning to Canada in 1939. She lived in West Vancouver for a year before moving to Mexico, where she joined a group of Canadian artists in 1940. While in Mexico, she died from an infection. Apparently, Husband was preparing an exhibition for New York City at the time of her death. The Winnipeg Art Gallery holds the largest collection of her works which were exhibited in a major retrospective in 1995. Her works are also held in Canadian and U.S. museums as well as various private collections.
Media used
Atelier 17, 1924 - ? (under Stanley William Hayter)
File & Archive locations
Artexte Information Centre, QC - Documentation Centre
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Vancouver Art Gallery, BC - Library
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
University of Calgary Library, AB

Writings about
Salon del Grabado, 1943: del 16 al 29 de julio. Mexico: La Galeria, 1943
Bailey, Suzanne. "The Art of Engraving as Modernist Genre." Translocated Modernisms: Paris and Other Lost Generations. Edited by Emily Ballantyne, Marta Dvorak, Dean Irvine. Ottawa, ON.: University of Ottawa Press, 2016
Dwyer, Maggie and Lisa Gabrielle Mark. Dalla Husband. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1995
Edouard-Joseph, Rene. "Dalla Husband." Dictionnaire biographique des Artistes contemporains, 1910-1930 Paris: Art et edition, 1930
Hacker, Peter. "Roger Vieillard." Print Quarterly 7.2 (June 1990): 146-161
Tweedie, Eva. Gravure automatique : Dalla Husband at Atelier 17. Burnaby: Burnaby Art Gallery, 2015
Weyl, Christina. The Women of Atelier 17 : Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019
Weyl, Christina. "Shifting Focus: Women Printmakers of Atelier 17." Woman's Art Journal v. 39 no. 1 p. 12 Year: 2018-04-01 39.1 (2018): 12-22

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