Hanging Fred and a Few Others

By Nick Fonda

Hanging Fred and a Few Others
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Quebec’s Eastern Townships are home to a higher concentration of artists than anywhere else in Canada. With his starting and finishing point being Frederick Coburn (1871–1960), arguably Canada’s best-known painter at the peak of his career, author Nick Fonda sets out to ... Read more


Overview

Quebec’s Eastern Townships are home to a higher concentration of artists than anywhere else in Canada. With his starting and finishing point being Frederick Coburn (1871–1960), arguably Canada’s best-known painter at the peak of his career, author Nick Fonda sets out to revisit his work and provide new insights and facts into Coburn’s life and surroundings. To better understand the man, he also introduces other accomplished artists living and working in the same area—not all landscape painters—who have followed quite unusual paths as they responded to the same muse that moved Coburn a century ago. Based on interviews with neighbors and Coburn aficionados and Nick Fonda’s own thorough understanding of the milieu in which Coburn grew up, lived, and worked, Hanging Fred and a Few Others is a lively and fascinating story of an important artist but also a reflection on the role of place—the Eastern Townships—in an artist’s life. In addition to being a biography of Coburn, Nick Fonda’s book provides brief biographical sketches of other artists including Minnie Gill, Denis Palmer, Mary Martin, Stuart Main, France Jodoin, and Kevin Sonmor.

Nick Fonda

Nick Fonda is a teacher, journalist, and writer. He has contributed to various newspapers and reviews, including the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Star, and the Sherbrooke Record, and is the author of Principals and Other Schoolyard Bullies and Roads to Richmond: Portraits of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. He lives in Richmond, Quebec.

 

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