Roland Gissing: The Peoples' Painter

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University of Calgary Press, 1988 - Art - 74 pages
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The book begins with a description of the impression Canada made on Gissing upon his arrival in this country in 1913 at the age of 18. Gissing wanted to be a cowboy. He travelled from Alberta to California and back on horseback, sketching and painting as he went. Examples of this early work appear in the book. Gissing began selling his work and supporting himself solely by painting. The author discusses Gissing's technique as his style began to change and how the artist's frame of mind was reflected in his work. There is a good representation of the work of this period in the book. The book concludes with a discussion of Gissing's love of steam locomotives and some details about his time spent building these scale trains. Finally a sampling of paintings of the drastically different seascapes and badlands he was doing in the few years before his death, concludes the pictorial record of Gissing's life and works.

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Chapter 1 Testing The Romantic Vision 1913 1923
In Between Two Worlds 1924 1934
The Best of All Worlds 1935 1944
Restoring The Lost World 19441956
Exploring New Horizons 19571967
Chapter 6 The Legacy
List of Paintings Discussed andor Shown

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About the author (1988)

Maxwell L. Foran has been working in the field of Western Canadian history for over thirty years and has published widely on various urban, rural, and cultural topics. He is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary.

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