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The Resource I can only paint : the story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton, Irene Gammel

I can only paint : the story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton, Irene Gammel

Label
I can only paint : the story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton
Title
I can only paint
Title remainder
the story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton
Statement of responsibility
Irene Gammel
Title variation
Story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"For Canadian impressionist Mary Riter Hamilton, capturing the emotional landscape of battlefields and graveyards in the months after the Great War's armistice became her artistic calling and defined her work. A woman alone after the storm had passed, she found that her life after the war was indelibly marked by the experience. Undeterred by a rejection from the Canadian War Memorials Fund, who nominated only male war artists abroad, in 1919 Hamilton received a commission from the Amputation Club of British Columbia (now the War Amps) to commemorate those lost at war. She travelled from Victoria to the pre-reconstruction battlefields and towns of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and the Ypres Salient where amid harsh conditions--inadequate shelter and food, surroundings littered with unexploded shells--she recorded with determination, pride, and grace the ruins of war. Based on intensive archival research in Canada, France, and Belgium, and using many previously unpublished letters, I Can Only Paint offers an insider's view of the artist's vast, underexplored body of war work and the conditions in which she created it. It places this period, central though it was, in the context of a full understanding of her life and restores the work she created there to its proper place in the canon of war art in Canada and abroad. Irene Gammel argues that Hamilton's work encoded a female perspective that distinguishes her paintings from the work of official Canadian war artists. The first reliable account of Hamilton's impressions of Canada's most haunting sites of conflict, I Can Only Paint captures with detail and sensitivity an experience that defined her life and recovers a body of work that stand as a unique and enduring portrait of the effects of the Great War."--
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Biography type
individual biography
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NLC
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1959-
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Gammel, Irene
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation studies in art history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hamilton, Mary Riter
  • Hamilton, Mary Riter
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • War artists
  • Painters
  • Painters
  • War artists
  • Canada
Label
I can only paint : the story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton, Irene Gammel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Through Love and Loss -- Becoming Mary Riter Hamilton -- The Home Front -- Becoming an Artist-Witness at Camblain-L'Abbé -- In the Valley of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire -- Among the Gravediggers in Écurie -- A War Studio in Arras -- Market among the Ruins of Ypres -- The Somme and the Forgotten Sites -- Close Calls in Flanders -- My Candle Is Almost Burnt Out -- Into the Limelight -- Going Home
Control code
1143648366
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xiii, 400 pages
Isbn
9780228003915
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1143648366
Label
I can only paint : the story of battlefield artist Mary Riter Hamilton, Irene Gammel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Through Love and Loss -- Becoming Mary Riter Hamilton -- The Home Front -- Becoming an Artist-Witness at Camblain-L'Abbé -- In the Valley of Ablain-Saint-Nazaire -- Among the Gravediggers in Écurie -- A War Studio in Arras -- Market among the Ruins of Ypres -- The Somme and the Forgotten Sites -- Close Calls in Flanders -- My Candle Is Almost Burnt Out -- Into the Limelight -- Going Home
Control code
1143648366
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xiii, 400 pages
Isbn
9780228003915
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)1143648366

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