Frances Loring and Florence Wyle - "the Girls" - were two endearing but rather eccentric women sculptors who shared a Toronto studio for almost sixty years.
The old church where they entertained with warm hospitality and brilliant conversation became a meeting place for people from all walks of life. Artist (established and struggling), musicians, actors, scientists, businessmen and prospectors; famous people, ordinary people, and people who were down-and-out - all were welcome visitors to the studio.
The influence the Girls had on Canadian culture was largely a result of their own approach to life and art. Their integrity and dedication communicated itself to all those with whom they came in contact, whether they inclined toward traditional or modern modes of expression.
Loring and Wyle also played an active role, however. They fought for understanding and recognition of sculpture in Canada. Miss Loring was one of the chief organizers of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the National Arts Council, and Miss Wyle was a founding member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada, as well as the first woman sculptor to be accorded full membership in the Royal Canadian Academy.
Miss Loring's own sculpture took the form of massive statues, and some of her pieces - the lion at the Toronto entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Way, and the figure of Sir Robert Borden on Parliament Hill - are landmarks in Canada. Miss Wyle's works were more dedicate and intimate, but in their own way equally memorable. She is remembered chiefly, perhaps, for her memorial to Edith Cavell in Toronto, and for the splendid "Torso" i the National Gallery in Ottawa.
Rebecca Sisler, herself a sculptor and a close friend of the Girls, has written an entertaining biography that is at the same time perceptive in its portrayal of the gentle, human qualities of two very remarkable women.
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25 or 30 years ago, a friend loaned me her copy of The Girls (1972). I have remembered that book for all this time, and finally found a copy in an Edmonton bookstore. Thank you Internet! The Girls wer...
As much a tribute as it is a biography, this slim volume enjoys the advantage of the author having known (and obviously admired) The Girls personally. It's an engaging account of the lives and accompl...
What a special couple of characters "the girls" were. I have been familiar with who they were and their sculpture but didn't know much about them as personalities. They must have been an absolute hoot...