Alan Caswell Collier, Relief Stiff

Alan Caswell Collier, Relief Stiff

An Artist's Letters From Depression-Era British Columbia

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Alan Caswell Collier was one of Canada's most admired and successful landscape painters, but during the Depression he worked alongside other single, unemployed men in government-run relief camps. Labouring for twenty cents a day, he detailed camp life and politics in letters to his fiancée and depicted fellow "relief stiffs" and the BC landscape in character sketches and paintings. Incisive and candid, his letters reveal a born contrarian with a strong sense of social superiority over his fellow "twenty centers." But his letters also offer a fresh perspective on the hopes and dreams of an eminent Ontario artist and of the generation who came of age at a time of economic upheaval and class conflict.

Publisher: Canada :, UBC Press,, 2018
ISBN: 9780774834988
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2018
Characteristics: 416 pages


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