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|Alice Winant (1928 – 1989)|
A well-known Canadian sculptor, Alice Winant (nee Czitron) was born in Targu Mures, Romania. Near the end of World War II (1944 – 1945), she was imprisoned in Dachau, Germany; Bergen-Belsen, Germany; and Auschwitz, Poland. After the war she lived in Stockholm, Sweden for seven years (1946 – 1953). She immigrated to Montreal, Quebec in 1953, where she lived the rest of her life and died. (1)(2)
Her mediums were bronze, ceramics, wax, wood, plaster, and photography. Her best known subjects were portraits and figures of women and children; she also did abstract works. Her styles could be described as Realism*, Fauvism*, Naïve Art*, Abstraction* and Modernism*. AskART images have some excellent illustrations of her oeuvre.
Her art education includes photography school in Romania. In Sweden she began sculpting in ceramics and continued working in that medium for several years in Canada, until switching to bronze. Her only noted studies as a sculptor are six months working at the Rodin Museum, Paris in 1971.
Winant’s works were given a solo exhibition at the Dominion Gallery*, Montreal in 1970.
According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, her works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario), Joliette Art Museum (Quebec), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), and the Storm King Art Center (Mountainville, New York).
(1) While living in Montreal, she and her second husband, Edward Winant, also maintained a home in Israel. Source: “Best Bordeaux grace ceremony”, by E.J. Gordon, (page 90) The Gazette, Montreal, May 23, 1981.
(2) Rudolf Bloomberg, Winant’s first husband, whom she married shortly after arriving in Montreal, died of a heart attack. Source: “Artist finds serenity using her hands”, by E.J. Gordon, (page 37) The Gazette, Montreal, September 26, 1977.
The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)
“Best Bordeaux grace ceremony”, by E.J. Gordon, (page 90) The Gazette, Montreal, May 23, 1981
“Artist finds serenity using her hands”, by E.J. Gordon, (page 37) The Gazette, Montreal, September 26, 1977
“Two Shows – Two Different Views of Life”, by Michael White, (page 43) The Gazette, Montreal, November 7, 1970
Canadian Heritage Information Network*
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Written and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.
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