Joe Rosenthal Fonds [multiple media]
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Joe Rosenthal Fonds [multiple media]Hierarchical level:FondsDate:1956-1975.Reference:R3249-0-7-EType of material:Art, Objects (including medals and pins), Textual material, PhotographsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:161114Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsFonds includes:7 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1956-1975.Place of creation:CanadaExtent:793 drawings : 20 chalk, 773 pen and black ink, some with wash.
3 objects : 1 silver medallion, 2 plaster medallions.
0.04 m of textual records.
4 photographs : 3 col., 1 b&w.
1 philatelic : postal coverLanguage of material:EnglishScope and content:Almost all of the artworks are by Joe Rosenthal. On drawing [art accession no. R3249-434R] is however a carticatured portrait of Rosenthal by Koneg (?). Some of his better-known achievements are represented in the 1999 accession. They include 1965 drawings and paintings of the old Toronto Kensington Market, some of which were used to illustrate Adele Wiseman's book "Old Markets, New World" (1965). A Canada Council grant enabled the artist to travel across Canada in 1969 and produce sketches in native communities in Big Trout, Ontario, Ahousat and Williams Lake, British Columbia, Gleichen and Calgary, Alberta, Colville Lake and Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, Cardston and Chief Smallboy, Alberta, and Thunderchild, Saskatchewan. In 1971 some of the sketches were reproduced in Joe Rosenthal's book "Indians, a Sketching Odyssey", and some were also the focus of a show. In 1971 the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education produced a portfolio of 50 of the drawings entitled "As the Artist Sees It". The Wellings Mint negotiated the use of the medallions designed after the sketches, although they were never published. Photographs, and textual records in the accession relate to his trip to native communities. The draft ypescript for his book documents the development of the text. There are letters both incoming and carbons of outgoing relating to arrangements made to visit native communities. Letters from other visitors to the communities are part of the accession, such as one from Father Bernard Brown at Our Lady of the Snows Mission at Colville Lake, Nortwest Territories. Other letters relate to two separate sketching trips, one to France and Italy in 1965 and one to Quebec in 1967. These letters contain amusing anecdotes and insights into the artist's personality and political views. Father Bernanrd Brown at Our Lady of the Snows Mission at Colville Lake, Northwest Territories. Other letters relate to two separate sketching trips., A second accession includes 19 watercolours, 1 of Tabor's Hill Scarborough, Indian Burial Ceremony and the other the Toronto railway yards and harbour scenes. The bulk of the accession documents a 1972 sketching trip taken through Quebec, with views of Quebec City, Anse-a-Beaufils, l'Isle d'Orleans, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, and Percé., A third accession adds 40 drawings produced in 1975, depicting the popular annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) Festival. The drawings bring to life the music, dance, food and costumes of Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas, Brazil and other participating cultures. The theme of the 1975 festival was "A Compendium of Games."Provenance:Additional name(s):Biography/Administrative history:Rosenthal, Joe, 1921- : Joe Rosenthal was born in Kishinev, Romania in 1921. He grew up and studied art in Toronto at the Central Technical School (1935-1940). At the age of twenty he won first prize for a war poster which was one of five hundred submitted by four-hundred and twenty-five Canadian artists to a nation-wide competition sponsored by the Art Gallery of Toronto. He joined the army in 1942 and again won a first prize in the Canadian Army Art Exhibition of 1943. After the war he continued art studies at the Ontario College of Art (1946 to 1947). He became a commercial illustrator, printmaker, painter and sculptor. Drawings he produced in 1965 of the old Toronto Kensington Market were reproduced in Adele Wiseman's book "Old Markets, New World" (1965). Drawings produced in 1969 during visits to native communities across Canada were reproduced in his book "Indians, a Sketching Odyssey" (1971), and were the focus of a 1971 show. In 1971 the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education produced a portfolio of fifty of the drawings entitled "As the Artist Sees It". The Wellings Mint involved him in a 1972 project to reproduce some of his works, known as the "Children of Mankind Series." He became an Associate Member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1978 and a Member in 1979. The artist is credited with over fourteen one-man shows in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa and is represented in both international and national collections including the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian War Museum. He is also a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Print and Drawing Council of Canada.Finding aid:(Electronic) Online on MINISIS at item-level. Online on MIKAN. Art: R3249-1 to R3249-557; Art: R3249-564 to R3249-832; Photo: R3249-558 to R3249-561; Textual item: R3249-562; Philatelic: R3249-563 (90: Open)(Paper) Wordperfect list Art Accession file R3249-1999; R3249-2001; and R3249-2006. Accession files available in Art Library. (90: Open)Additional information:General Note:Further accruals are expected.Arrangement note:Photographs were given item numbers: R3249-558 to R3249-561. One textual item was segregated and restricted under item number R3249-562. One philatelic item was given the item number: R3249-563. Subsequent accessions of art material continued item level numbering beginning at: R3249-564.Related material:Wiseman, Adele: "Old Markets, New World", 1965., Rosenthal, Joe: "Indians, A Sketching Odyssey", 1971., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education: "As the Artist Sees It", 1971.Subject heading:Source:Private
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