Fonds - Jack Markell fonds

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Jack Markell fonds

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  • 1952-1977 (Creation)
    Markell, Jack

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1 folder of textual material + 10 photographs

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Jack Harold Markell was born in 1919 and was a painter educated by Alex J. Musgrove in Winnipeg. He later won a scholarship with the Art Students’ League of New York. His work is displayed at several galleries, including the Jewish Museum in New York, The National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the University of British Columbia.
In October of 1952, Jack Markell donated six pieces of his artwork to the Winnipeg Ballet. The paintings featured portraits of Arnold Spohr, Jean Stoneham, Eva von Gencsy and three group pictures. The paintings, initially exhibited at the Hudson’s Bay Company in downtown Winnipeg, were used as advanced publicity for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet tours. It was because of this that they were not destroyed in the fire of 1954, which destroyed all of company’s records and possessions. After one last exhibition at the Centennial Concert Hall, the paintings were permanently returned to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1977. Jack Markell passed away in 1979.

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The records of Jack Markell came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as several transfers of records from the RWB and were also collected by members of the Alumni Association.

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The Jack Markell fonds includes articles re: RWB paintings (1952-1977) and photographs (1952).

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