Series 01 - Notebooks

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CA ON00012 SC105-01

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Notebooks

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  • 1912 -1926 (Creation)

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9 notebooks

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Notebooks document Munn’s student life in New York City and at the Art Students League Summer School in Woodstock. She recorded her lecture notes, essays containing reviews and summaries of books read, notations regarding books of interest, sketches, anatomical drawings, copies of historical works of art, poems, and occasionally ephemera. Under the tutelage of her teachers at the Art Students League – Andrew Dasburg, Max Weber, A.S. Baylinson, Stanton Macdonald-Wright and Henry L. McFee, she embraced modernism and gained exposure to literary, artistic and musical influences of her day. The notebooks show her to be an avid reader with a keen interest in the intellectual life of her time and in the artistic expression of other cultures and epochs. There is a particular delight in pattern and an underlying search for explanation and order. On the front pastedown of Notebook No. 8 she wrote, “Perfect beauty is the expression of perfect order, balance, harmony, rhythm. Beauty is a supreme instance of order intuitively felt, instinctively appreciated”. The notebooks are undated, with the exception of No. 5.

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Eight sketchbooks were numbered by Joyce Zemans during research for her 1988 catalogue, 'Kathleen Munn and Edna Tacon, new perspectives on modernism in Canada.' Her numbering system has been maintained and one additional notebook has been designated Notebook No. 9.

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Due to their fragility, notebooks may not be photocopied.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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