- 1957-2004 (Creation)
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33 cm of textual records
Name of creator
Florence Vale, Canadian artist, was born on April 18, 1909 in llford, Essex, England and died on July 23, 2003 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her family immigrated to Toronto two years after her birth, where she grew up with an interest in music. She married artist Albert Franck on June 8, 1929, and together they bought a house on Hazelton Avenue in Toronto which became a centre for artists, writers, musicians, and critics. Florence Vale was the mother of two children, Trudy (who died as an infant) and Anneke.
Florence Vale began to paint with her husband’s paints and brushes in the late 1940’s with no previous artistic training-only what she had learned under the influence of her husband and the artists who visited her home. Her art was influenced by Surrealism, Cubism, Expressionism, and the works of Paul Klee. After her husband’s death in 1973, Florence Vale continued to express her artistic ability with oil paints, collages, and ink, also including her own poetry in some of her works. Many of her works, most prominently after the death of her husband, were erotic, while still viewed by critics as keeping a whimsical, innocent tone. Her art appeared in exhibitions throughout Ontario, with exhibitions also in Quebec and New York, U.S.A. She was associated with the Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto.
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Series comprises various letters to Florence Vale from family, friends, galleries, and various institutions. Also included in the series are draft letters by Florence Vale and Florence Vale’s mailing list.
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No further accruals are expected.
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The original arrangement of the series is unknown. Series was previously arranged into folders, presumably by Julie and Stephen Gadacsy while the records were in their custody. The majority of the records were arranged by name of correspondent, so the archivist continued this arrangement, arranging alphabetically by surname or name of institution. Some files were previously filed into folders for miscellanea, and the archivist arranged them into their own folders, alphabetically by name, following the rest of the arrangement of the series.
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Originally prepared in 2012, revised in 2015