Plays about passionate painters

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Les pièces ayant trait aux peintres passionnés
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2020, vol. 15, iss. [1], pp. 35-52
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    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
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The "(auto)biographical turn" of twentieth-century art has been the subject of scholarly research in various fields. This paper concentrates on stage representations of two iconic Canadian painters: the eccentric Emily Carr, who inspired plays with widely different dramaturgical approaches by Herman Voaden, Jovette Marchessault (in French) and Joy Coghill; and Tom Thomson, who is the main character in Jim Betts' Colours in the Storm. The plays themselves were written over many decades, ranging from the interwar period to the second decade of the twenty-first century. I propose that these works, together with the biographies, contributed to the mythicization of Carr and Thompson.
Le "tournant (auto) biographique" de l'art du XXe siècle a fait l'objet de recherches dans divers domaines. Cet article se concentre sur les représentations scéniques de deux peintres canadiens emblématiques : l'excentrique Emily Carr, qui a inspiré les pièces avec des approches dramaturgiques très différentes d'Herman Voaden, Jovette Marchessault (en français) et Joy Coghill; sans oublier Tom Thomson, le personnage principal de Colours in the Storm de Jim Betts. Les pièces ont été écrites sur plusieurs décennies, entre les deux guerres et pendant la deuxième décennie du XXIe siècle. La thèse proposée par l'article est que ces œuvres, avec les biographies, ont contribué à la mythisation de Carr et Thompson.
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