Jack Bush: Hymn to the Sun, Early Work by Michael Burtch

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Jack Bush: Hymn to the Sun, Early Work Including an Essay Based in Part on the Diaries of Jack Bush by Michael Burtch

oblong 4to. pp. 94. colour & b/w illustrations. paperback (near fine - front cover bit curled at left edge). Saulte Ste. Marie: Art Gallery of Algoma, 1997.

Exhibition catalogue.

ISBN-10: 0968204406 / ISBN-13:‎ 9780968204405 


This exhibition examines the formative period of the career of Jack Bush (1909-1977), arguably one of Canada’s most important abstract painters, from his early years as a commercial artist, through a critical period of self-examination to his breakthrough in the mid-fifties. Based on recently unsealed diaries from the Art Gallery of Ontario and letters from Bush to Clement Greenberg in the Smithsonian Institute, curator Michael Burtch’s catalogue essay traces the immense inner struggle of this artist, psychologically, spiritually and aesthetically. Nearly 80 paintings and drawings borrowed from the Jack Bush Heritage Corporation and from private collectors illuminate these formative years, culminating in his first purely abstract works.