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Miller, Muriel.

Toronto, Summerhill Press, 1988. 160pp, paper. $14.95, ISBN 0-920197-58-2. CIP

Grades 9 and up/Ages 14 and up
Reviewed by Jean Farquharson

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May

Many libraries have been waiting for this revision of a collector's item—the official biography of Homer Watson, one of Canada's renowned landscape artists. Before she died in 1987, Miller felt the need to "bring a new consciousness of the national significance of Homer Watson's work to generations of Canadians still to come." She included information not to be revealed until all parties involved were deceased and she also provided updated lists of Watson's works.

At the age of twenty-five, this self-taught landscape artist received international recognition when Oscar Wilde acclaimed him "the Canadian Constable" and two of his pictures were hung in Windsor Castle. From his several travels to Europe, Watson's style matured under the influence of world-renowned artists. He developed his own fresh, vigorous style combining the romantic and the realistic to portray the "truth" in nature.

The loss of his wife led him to a belief in spiritualism and a friendship with Mackenzie King. For many years Watson's career flourished, but he lost most of his saving during the Depression and he continued to paint until his death under threat of bankruptcy.

This book is recommended for any library with a Canadian art collection. The sixteen small black-and-white illustrations are disappointing, however.

Jean Farquharson, Brantford Collegiate & Vocational School, Brantford, Ont.
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