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André Biéler : an artist's life and times /
Frances K. Smith ; edited by Philippe Baylaucq ; introduction by David Karel ; epilogue by Ted Biéler.
imprint
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2006.
description
xxxv, 355 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports ; 29 cm + 1 DVD-video.
ISBN
1554072328 :
format(s)
Book, DVD
Holdings
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imprint
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2006.
isbn
1554072328 :
general note
1 DVD-video in pocket.
Issued also in French under title: André Biéler : un artiste et son époque.
catalogue key
5994650
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
A Look Inside
Excerpts
Introduction or Preface
PrologueThe foremost intention of this book is to present the art of Andr_ Bi_ler, in all its continuing variety, influenced by the cultures of Europe and Canada during a long and productive life. It is also intended to provide, through the focus of a dedicated artist and teacher, a close look at the vicissitudes that faced the artist in the Canadian society of the twentieth century, particularly through two world wars and the years of depression between them.It is inherent in Andr_ Bi_ler's character that his energy and vision should be reflected, not only in his considerable creative output as an artist, but also in his lasting contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Europe had given him an insight into the honoured place that art and the artist could achieve in an older culture; in Canada he was concerned to find that the artist was virtually ignored in a society preoccupied with materialistic rather than cultural development. Communication between the artists themselves, in the east and west of the country, was almost nonexistent in the thirties.An important aspect of this book is to examine the actions taken by Andr_ Bi_ler to alleviate this situation. On the national level, with the help of the Carnegie Corporation, he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, the Kingston Conference, held in 1941 at Queen's University. Its purpose was twofold: to bring artists from east and west together to get acquainted with each other; and to study the function of art in a democracy. The conference initiated national movements towards the understanding and appreciation of the role of the artist in the culture of a democracy -- still relevant issues today. On the community level, his work as a teacher, both of art history and of painting and drawing in the studio, has been outstanding. An added dimension has been the establishment of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre as a public art gallery in Kingston, resulting from the vision and determination of two people, Andr_ Bi_ler and Agnes Etherington, and the support of Queen's UniversitySome of the achievements of a life rich in human qualities unfold in this book, I believe; I am deeply conscious, however, that at best it is only a substitute for the privilege of friendship with the man himself.Frances K. Smith Kingston, 1980
Introduction or Preface
PrologueThe foremost intention of this book is to present the art of André Biéler, in all its continuing variety, influenced by the cultures of Europe and Canada during a long and productive life. It is also intended to provide, through the focus of a dedicated artist and teacher, a close look at the vicissitudes that faced the artist in the Canadian society of the twentieth century, particularly through two world wars and the years of depression between them.It is inherent in André Biéler's character that his energy and vision should be reflected, not only in his considerable creative output as an artist, but also in his lasting contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Europe had given him an insight into the honoured place that art and the artist could achieve in an older culture; in Canada he was concerned to find that the artist was virtually ignored in a society preoccupied with materialistic rather than cultural development. Communication between the artists themselves, in the east and west of the country, was almost nonexistent in the thirties.An important aspect of this book is to examine the actions taken by André Biéler to alleviate this situation. On the national level, with the help of the Carnegie Corporation, he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, the Kingston Conference, held in 1941 at Queen's University. Its purpose was twofold: to bring artists from east and west together to get acquainted with each other; and to study the function of art in a democracy. The conference initiated national movements towards the understanding and appreciation of the role of the artist in the culture of a democracy -- still relevant issues today. On the community level, his work as a teacher, both of art history and of painting and drawing in the studio, has been outstanding. An added dimension has been the establishment of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre as a public art gallery in Kingston, resulting from the vision and determination of two people, André Biéler and Agnes Etherington, and the support of Queen's UniversitySome of the achievements of a life rich in human qualities unfold in this book, I believe; I am deeply conscious, however, that at best it is only a substitute for the privilege of friendship with the man himself.Frances K. Smith Kingston, 1980
Introduction or Preface
Prologue The foremost intention of this book is to present the art of Andr Bi ler, in all its continuing variety, influenced by the cultures of Europe and Canada during a long and productive life. It is also intended to provide, through the focus of a dedicated artist and teacher, a close look at the vicissitudes that faced the artist in the Canadian society of the twentieth century, particularly through two world wars and the years of depression between them. It is inherent in Andr Bi ler's character that his energy and vision should be reflected, not only in his considerable creative output as an artist, but also in his lasting contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Europe had given him an insight into the honoured place that art and the artist could achieve in an older culture; in Canada he was concerned to find that the artist was virtually ignored in a society preoccupied with materialistic rather than cultural development. Communication between the artists themselves, in the east and west of the country, was almost nonexistent in the thirties. An important aspect of this book is to examine the actions taken by Andr Bi ler to alleviate this situation. On the national level, with the help of the Carnegie Corporation, he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, the Kingston Conference, held in 1941 at Queen's University. Its purpose was twofold: to bring artists from east and west together to get acquainted with each other; and to study the function of art in a democracy. The conference initiated national movements towards the understanding and appreciation of the role of the artist in the culture of a democracy -- still relevant issues today. On the community level, his work as a teacher, both of art history and of painting and drawing in the studio, has been outstanding. An added dimension has been the establishment of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre as a public art gallery in Kingston, resulting from the vision and determination of two people, Andr Bi ler and Agnes Etherington, and the support of Queen's University Some of the achievements of a life rich in human qualities unfold in this book, I believe; I am deeply conscious, however, that at best it is only a substitute for the privilege of friendship with the man himself. Frances K. Smith Kingston, 1980
Introduction or Preface
Prologue The foremost intention of this book is to present the art of André Biéler, in all its continuing variety, influenced by the cultures of Europe and Canada during a long and productive life. It is also intended to provide, through the focus of a dedicated artist and teacher, a close look at the vicissitudes that faced the artist in the Canadian society of the twentieth century, particularly through two world wars and the years of depression between them. It is inherent in André Biéler's character that his energy and vision should be reflected, not only in his considerable creative output as an artist, but also in his lasting contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Europe had given him an insight into the honoured place that art and the artist could achieve in an older culture; in Canada he was concerned to find that the artist was virtually ignored in a society preoccupied with materialistic rather than cultural development. Communication between the artists themselves, in the east and west of the country, was almost nonexistent in the thirties. An important aspect of this book is to examine the actions taken by André Biéler to alleviate this situation. On the national level, with the help of the Carnegie Corporation, he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, the Kingston Conference, held in 1941 at Queen's University. Its purpose was twofold: to bring artists from east and west together to get acquainted with each other; and to study the function of art in a democracy. The conference initiated national movements towards the understanding and appreciation of the role of the artist in the culture of a democracy -- still relevant issues today. On the community level, his work as a teacher, both of art history and of painting and drawing in the studio, has been outstanding. An added dimension has been the establishment of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre as a public art gallery in Kingston, resulting from the vision and determination of two people, André Biéler and Agnes Etherington, and the support of Queen's University Some of the achievements of a life rich in human qualities unfold in this book, I believe; I am deeply conscious, however, that at best it is only a substitute for the privilege of friendship with the man himself. Frances K. Smith Kingston, 1980
First Chapter

Prologue

The foremost intention of this book is to present the art of André Biéler, in all its continuing variety, influenced by the cultures of Europe and Canada during a long and productive life. It is also intended to provide, through the focus of a dedicated artist and teacher, a close look at the vicissitudes that faced the artist in the Canadian society of the twentieth century, particularly through two world wars and the years of depression between them.

It is inherent in André Biéler's character that his energy and vision should be reflected, not only in his considerable creative output as an artist, but also in his lasting contribution to the cultural life of Canada. Europe had given him an insight into the honoured place that art and the artist could achieve in an older culture; in Canada he was concerned to find that the artist was virtually ignored in a society preoccupied with materialistic rather than cultural development. Communication between the artists themselves, in the east and west of the country, was almost nonexistent in the thirties.

An important aspect of this book is to examine the actions taken by André Biéler to alleviate this situation. On the national level, with the help of the Carnegie Corporation, he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, the Kingston Conference, held in 1941 at Queen's University. Its purpose was twofold: to bring artists from east and west together to get acquainted with each other; and to study the function of art in a democracy. The conference initiated national movements towards the understanding and appreciation of the role of the artist in the culture of a democracy -- still relevant issues today. On the community level, his work as a teacher, both of art history and of painting and drawing in the studio, has been outstanding. An added dimension has been the establishment of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre as a public art gallery in Kingston, resulting from the vision and determination of two people, André Biéler and Agnes Etherington, and the support of Queen's University

Some of the achievements of a life rich in human qualities unfold in this book, I believe; I am deeply conscious, however, that at best it is only a substitute for the privilege of friendship with the man himself.

Frances K. Smith
Kingston, 1980

Reviews
Review Quotes
Shows Canadian art of a different sort. ÝBieler¨ clearly helped shape Canada's cultural landscape. ... Valuable observations about Canadian culture. -- Victor Swoboda "Montreal Gazette" (12/02/2006)
A perfect model of an art book. -- Robert Amos "Victoria Times-Colonist" (11/26/2006)
A perfect model of an art book... This fine story of social engagement and creative vigour is well told. In the course of poring over this book, I felt I got closer to Bieler than almost any artist I can name.
A richly-illustrated journey of an artist.
A richly-illustrated journey of an artist who devoted part of his long career to evocative images of life in rural Quebec.
A strikingly handsome production, copiously illustrated, mostly in full color... a comprehensive straightforward narrative of [Bihc)ler's] life.
A strikingly handsome production, copiously illustrated, mostly in full color... a comprehensive straightforward narrative of [Bi'ler's] life.
A strikingly handsome production, copiously illustrated, mostly in full color... a comprehensive straightforward narrative of [Bi ler's] life.
A strikingly handsome production, copiously illustrated, mostly in full color... a comprehensive straightforward narrative of [Bi_ler's] life.
A perfect model of an art book.
A strikingly handsome production, copiously illustrated, mostly in full color... a comprehensive straightforward narrative of [Biéler's] life.
Remarkable life story... the most comprehensive collection of [Bieler's] work... more than 300 color illustrations.
Shows Canadian art of a different sort. [Bieler] clearly helped shape Canada's cultural landscape. ... Valuable observations about Canadian culture.
A delightful retrospective .. glorious illustrations throughout.
[A] monument of a book... There are some lovely impressionistic paintings here, as well as many photographs from Beiler's life.
ÝA¨ monument of a book... There are some lovely impressionistic paintings here, as well as many photographs from Beiler's life. -- Bill Robertson "Saskatoon Star Phoenix" (12/16/2006)
A beautifully produced bio-critical study of the important Swiss-born modernist with hundreds of plates and illustrations.
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Summaries
Long Description
"A lavishly illustrated biography of the "people's artist" who celebrated habitant life." Andr? Bi'ler was born in 1896 in Switzerland. The nephew of the important Swiss painter Ernest Bi'ler, Andr? moved with his family to France, where he studied art, and then to Canada. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, which saw him return to France as a soldier. In this richly illustrated book, Frances K. Smith traces the roots of the Bi'ler family and covers the development of the artist, from his apprenticeship to his exploration of rural habitant life along the shores and islands of Quebec. Andr? Bi'ler would emerge as an artist of extraordinary creative energy, working in printmaking as well as oils. After moving to Kingston, Ontario, in 1936 as resident artist and professor at Queen's University, Bi'ler helped establish the Agnes Etherington Gallery. In 1941 he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, an event that eventually would lead to the formation of the Canada Council. Bi'ler's subject was people, and he was known fondly as the "people's artist." He continued to paint through his 80s. He died in 1989, leaving an important legacy. This revised and much expanded edition of Frances K. Smith's 1980 book features hundreds of color images and defines Andr? Bi'ler as an artist of classic, sustained and versatile talent.
Main Description
A lavishly illustrated biography of the "people's artist" who celebrated habitant life.Andre Bieler was born in 1896 in Switzerland. The nephew of the important Swiss painter Ernest Bieler, Andre moved with his family to France, where he studied art, and then to Canada. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, which saw him return to France as a soldier.In this richly illustrated book, Frances K. Smith traces the roots of the Bieler family and covers the development of the artist, from his apprenticeship to his exploration of rural habitant life along the shores and islands of Quebec. Andre Bieler would emerge as an artist of extraordinary creative energy, working in printmaking as well as oils.After moving to Kingston, Ontario, in 1936 as resident artist and professor at Queen's University, Bieler helped establish the Agnes Etherington Gallery. In 1941 he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, an event that eventually would lead to the formation of the Canada Council.Bieler's subject was people, and he was known fondly as the "people's artist." He continued to paint through his 80s. He died in 1989, leaving an important legacy. This revised and much expanded edition of Frances K. Smith's 1980 book features hundreds of color images and defines Andre Bieler as an artist of classic, sustained and versatile talent.
Main Description
A lavishly illustrated biography of the "people's artist" who celebrated habitant life.Andreacute; Bieacute;ler was born in 1896 in Switzerland. The nephew of the important Swiss painter Ernest Bieacute;ler, Andreacute; moved with his family to France, where he studied art, and then to Canada. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, which saw him return to France as a soldier.In this richly illustrated book, Frances K. Smith traces the roots of the Bieacute;ler family and covers the development of the artist, from his apprenticeship to his exploration of rural habitant life along the shores and islands of Quebec. Andreacute; Bieacute;ler would emerge as an artist of extraordinary creative energy, working in printmaking as well as oils.After moving to Kingston, Ontario, in 1936 as resident artist and professor at Queen's University, Bieacute;ler helped establish the Agnes Etherington Gallery. In 1941 he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, an event that eventually would lead to the formation of the Canada Council.Bieacute;ler's subject was people, and he was known fondly as the "people's artist." He continued to paint through his 80s. He died in 1989, leaving an important legacy. This revised and much expanded edition of Frances K. Smith's 1980 book features hundreds of color images and defines Andreacute; Bieacute;ler as an artist of classic, sustained and versatile talent.
Main Description
A lavishly illustrated biography of the "people's artist" who celebrated habitant life. André Biéler was born in 1896 in Switzerland. The nephew of the important Swiss painter Ernest Biéler, André moved with his family to France, where he studied art, and then to Canada. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, which saw him return to France as a soldier. In this richly illustrated book, Frances K. Smith traces the roots of the Biéler family and covers the development of the artist, from his apprenticeship to his exploration of rural habitant life along the shores and islands of Quebec. André Biéler would emerge as an artist of extraordinary creative energy, working in printmaking as well as oils. After moving to Kingston, Ontario, in 1936 as resident artist and professor at Queen's University, Biéler helped establish the Agnes Etherington Gallery. In 1941 he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, an event that eventually would lead to the formation of the Canada Council. Biéler's subject was people, and he was known fondly as the "people's artist." He continued to paint through his 80s. He died in 1989, leaving an important legacy. This revised and much expanded edition of Frances K. Smith's 1980 book features hundreds of color images and defines André Biéler as an artist of classic, sustained and versatile talent.
Main Description
A lavishly illustrated biography of the "people's artist" who celebrated habitant life. Andr Bi ler was born in 1896 in Switzerland. The nephew of the important Swiss painter Ernest Bi ler, Andr moved with his family to France, where he studied art, and then to Canada. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, which saw him return to France as a soldier. In this richly illustrated book, Frances K. Smith traces the roots of the Bi ler family and covers the development of the artist, from his apprenticeship to his exploration of rural habitant life along the shores and islands of Quebec. Andr Bi ler would emerge as an artist of extraordinary creative energy, working in printmaking as well as oils. After moving to Kingston, Ontario, in 1936 as resident artist and professor at Queen's University, Bi ler helped establish the Agnes Etherington Gallery. In 1941 he organized the first conference of Canadian artists, an event that eventually would lead to the formation of the Canada Council. Bi ler's subject was people, and he was known fondly as the "people's artist." He continued to paint through his 80s. He died in 1989, leaving an important legacy. This revised and much expanded edition of Frances K. Smith's 1980 book features hundreds of color images and defines Andr Bi ler as an artist of classic, sustained and versatile talent.
Table of Contents
Preface
Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Foreword (1980)
Prologue
A Perfect Atmosphere for a Child (1896-1914)
The Family Background
Early Years in Europe and Canada
A Need to Draw, Draw, Draw (1914-1921)
The First World War
The Return to North America
Apprenticeship (1921-1926)
The Early Twenties in Europe
The Québec Habitant (1926-1929)
Rural Life on Île d'Orléans
The North Shore of the St. Lawrence
Creating and Sharing (130-1940)
The Thirties in Montréal and Kingston
The Artist in Society (1940-1950)
The Kingston Conference and its Aftermath
The Shipshaw Centre
The Mature Eye (1950-1960)
Honours, Europe Revisited and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre
New Dimensions (1960-1970)
Glenburnie, Sculpture, Twelve Pine Press, Mexico and Québec Revisited
The Celebration of Life (1970-1989)
The Seventies
Epilogue
Appendices
Selected Bibliography
Agrippa d'Aubigné (Historical Summary)
Biéler Crest Legend
Chronology
Exhibitions
Index of Illustrations
Index
The Art of Time, a film by Philippe Baylaucq
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