Bow Lake: Wellspring of Art

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Rocky Mountain Books Ltd, 2010 - Art - 191 pages

Bow Lake in the Canadian Rockies has inspired artists for almost a century. An early explorer who recognized the beauty of this alpine landscape was Jimmy Simpson, a legendary guide and outfitter who also collected art and painted in watercolours. He welcomed artists such as Carl Rungius, Belmore Browne and Peter and Catharine Whyte to his camp beside Bow Lake, which eventually became the storied Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. A.C. Leighton and his wife, Barbara, along with Walter J. Phillips were among the early artists at Bow Lake. This artistic tradition has been carried on with the current artist-in-residence program at Num-Ti-Jah, attracting many contemporary artists to paint the spectacular landscape. This volume includes an introduction describing the history of exploration and the early artistic activity generated by Jimmy Simpson, followed by brief biographies of 18 contemporary artists whose works are also included in the 47 colour plates, all documented and described, of which only 6 have ever been published before.

 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
15
PlatesCommentary
74
Notes
182
List of Artists
185
Bibliography
187
Index
190
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About the author (2010)

Jane Lytton Gooch has a doctorate in Renaissance Drama from the University of Toronto, and for years she taught in the English Department at the University of British Columbia. Jane's book on the art of Mount Robson is the fourth in a group that includes Artists of the Rockies: Inspiration of Lake O'Hara (The Rockies Network and Alpine Club of Canada, 2003), Mount Assiniboine: Images in Art (RMB, 2007) and Bow Lake: Wellspring of Art (RMB, 2010). Jane lives in Vancouver, BC.

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