Marian Dale Scott

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Marian Dale Scott

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Marian Mildred Dale

(1906-06-26)26 June 1906
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died28 November 1993(1993-11-28) (aged 87)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other namesMarian Mildred Dale Scott
Known forPainting landscapes and cityscapes
(m. 1928)
ChildrenPeter Dale Scott

Marian Mildred Dale Scott RCA (née Dale; 1906–1993) was a Canadian painter.


She was born Marian Mildred Dale in Montreal[1] on 26 June 1906.[2] She showed talent at an early age: her first works were exhibited in 1918. She attended The Study, a private school for girls, for three years and later became one of the first students at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1924.[3][4] After study in London at the Slade School of Art, she returned to her home city, where in 1928 she married the poet and law professor F. R. Scott.[5][6] They had one son, the diplomat Peter Dale Scott.[7]

Scott's career began with landscapes, followed by cityscapes which reflected her social concerns. In the 1940s, she sought inspiration in scientific literature. In the 1950s, she was inspired by biblical subjects. She then became an abstract artist.

In the 1930s, Scott was active in anti-fascist movements and the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, which her husband had helped found. She also taught art to disadvantaged children as part of an organization set up by her close friend Norman Bethune. As a pacifist, she campaigned for nuclear disarmament in the 1950s and against the Vietnam War in the 1960s.[8]

Scott was a founding member of the short-lived but influential Contemporary Arts Society of Montreal ("Société d'art contemporain", 1939–1948), and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1973.[9] She taught at St. George's School, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and at Macdonald College.[6]

Scott died on 28 November 1993 in Montreal.[2]



  • Marian Dale Scott: Pioneer of Modern Art. Esther Trépanier. Musée du Québec, 2000. ISBN 2-551-20374-0


  1. ^ Farr, Dorothy; Luckyj, Natalie (1975). From Women's Eyes: Women Painters in Canada. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre. p. 56.
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  4. ^ Trépanier, Esther (1993). "Hommage à Marian Dale Scott, 1906-1993". Annales d'histoire de l'art Canadien. 15 (2): 68–78. JSTOR 42615275.
  5. ^ "Artist Database: SCOTT, Marian Dale". Canadian Women Artists History Initiative. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d "Marian Scott". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Peter Dale Scott: Biography". Canadian Poetry Online / University of Toronto & University of Toronto Libraries. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  8. ^ Graham, Ron (Spring 1994). "All passion spent: a memoir of Marian Scott a quiet radical whose full career still awaits discovery". Canadian Art. 11 (1): 50–55.
  9. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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